Disgraced journalist Charlie Rose says he didn’t commit any “wrongdoings.”
Rose made the claim to a reporter from TMZ as he walked back to his New York city apartment Monday evening, responding to a question about multiple allegations of wrongdoing toward women who worked on his PBS talk show .
“It’s not wrongdoings,” he said shortly before entering his building.
The moment, while small, is Rose’s first on-camera remarks since the Washington Post published eight allegations from women saying he engaged in sexual misconduct during a period between the 1990s and 2011.
The charges included groping and at least one case of Rose exposing himself. All of the women either worked for his eponymous television program or aspired to do so.
Rose’s defiance comes as something of a contrast to a lengthy apology he issued Monday via Twitter.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that,” he said.
In his apology, Rose did hedge a bit, saying that some of the charges against him were false.
“I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
My statement in full. pic.twitter.com/3kvFrqF2dT
— Charlie Rose (@charlierose) November 20, 2017
Once an icon of broadcast media who mingled easily with presidents and Hollywood elite, Rose saw his career collapse swiftly Monday after the revelations.
He was dropped from “CBS Sunday Morning” and denounced by his former co-hosts. In addition, Bloomberg and PBS told TheWrap that they would cease distributing “The Charlie Rose Show” on their platforms.