Charlie Rose turned studio into a sexual hunting ground, new lawsuit alleges

Longtime makeup artist Gina Riggi claims she endured misogynistic, abusive behavior from Rose

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The disgraced TV host Charlie Rose used his eponymous PBS interview show as an instrument of his predatory sexual behavior, turning his studio into a sexual hunting ground, his longtime makeup artist has alleged in a new lawsuit.

Rose, now 77, saw his PBS show cancelled in November 2017 after misconduct allegations emerged. A high-profile casualty of the first phase of the #MeToo era, in which a number of famous men faced accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, he was also fired by CBS News.

Responding to the new lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan state court, Roses attorney said he denied allegations that makes a good tabloid story, but not much else.

Gina Riggi managed makeup for the Charlie Rose show for 22 years. She claims to have endured misogynistic, abusive behavior demeaning, embarrassing and degrading her because of her gender, ridiculing her physical appearance and physically accosting her on the set, forcing her to use a hand mirror to protect herself from him.

Rose is also alleged to have created a toxic work environment suffused with sexual harassment and gender-based abuse for female staff, using the show as an instrument of his predatory sexual behavior, and the Bloomberg studio where he recorded it as a sexual hunting ground.

Rose is alleged to have preyed on women at his Manhattan and Hamptons homes, as well as trendy restaurants where he insisted on hosting staff events.

Mr Rose routinely groped and pawed at his female staff, pressed himself against them, hugged them, kissed them, pulled them toward him, whispered in their ears, stared at their breasts, looked down their shirts and otherwise subjected them to inappropriate and unwanted physical contact, continues the suit, which was filed on 19 September.

Riggi also says she once heard a female producer make reference to the crusty claw, a reference to Mr Roses propensity to grab female staff inappropriately.

In a statement to the Guardian, Roses lawyer, Jonathan Bach, said his client vehemently denies and will vigorously contest these allegations.

Riggis allegations, Bach said, are completely inconsistent with written statements made by the plaintiff to Mr Rose, including I love working for you at your show, and would love to be part of any show that you host, I consider it an honor to be a member of your team and Hope to see you more often! Please stop by anytime, with a smiley face.

This is not a lawsuit about any real legal wrongs directed at the plaintiff, Bach continued, as much as an opportunity to recycle second- and third-hand, unproven allegations she and her lawyer have managed to scrounge together. It makes a good tabloid story, but not much else.

The civil complaint alleges that Rose targeted young, attractive women just beginning their journalism careers, dangling internships and jobs to lure them to interviews and career discussions with him, often over drinks and dinner.

But, far from being an advocate for their careers, Mr Rose treated them as sexual targets, using his power and influence to serve his personal desires. In many instances, he never offered these women any employment at all.

Riggi claims that she was verbally abused on an almost daily basis. She alleges Rose regularly swatted at her physically as she attempted to comb his hair or adjust his makeup.

On one occasion, the suit adds, while taping on location outside of the studio, Mr Rose became upset while Ms Riggi applied his makeup, and forcefully grabbed and twisted her arm, physically hurting her.

Riggi protested and told supervisors, the suit says, but did not receive a response. Eventually, she resorted to using a large hand mirror as a shield so that Mr Rose could not physically assault her.

Riggi also claims she was improperly classified as a contract worker, wrongly making her ineligible for unemployment benefits when Roses show ended.

At no time was the plaintiff an employee of ours, a Bloomberg spokesman told CNN. We understand that the plaintiff was a contractor of Charlie Rose Inc, and given that they operated independently of us, any of her compensation would have been handled solely by [them].

We have no records of any complaint, the spokesman also said.

PBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Aaron Carter Sides With Backstreet Boy Nick Carters Rape Accusers

The ongoing feud between former child star Aaron Carter and boybander brother Nick Carter came to a head on Tuesday when news broke that Nick had filed a restraining order against his younger brother, as TMZ first reported. Now, Aaron has found unlikely support in early-aughts singer Melissa Schuman, who accused Nick of rape in 2017.

On Tuesday, the younger Carter responded to the news of the restraining order on Twitter, writing, So my brother just got a restraining order against me. And I was just served lol. In two separate tweets, he added, Take care. @nickcarter were done for life and I havent seen him in four years. And I dont intend.

Nick, on the other hand, chose to release a lengthy Notes-apps-by-way-of-Twitter statement citing his brothers violent and erratic behavior as the reason behind his decision. After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today, the Backstreet Boys singer wrote. In light of Aarons increasingly alarming behavior and his recent confession that he harbors thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family. Carter shared the note with the hashtags #mentalhealth, #GunControlNow, and #GunControl.

In apparent response to the statement, Aaron tweeted, I am astounded at the accusations being made against me and I do not wish to harm anyone, especially my family. Then, taking a more threatening tone, he wrote, All I ask is for my family to leave me alone. This is blood. Not love. I will never be around you and I dont want to be around you. I am the one who said Im done then you send me this!? Ok. Stop trying to get me 5150d before I file a harassment suit myself nick I have the $.

According to TMZ, the restraining order filing states that in an alarming FaceTime with his twin sister Angel last month, the I Want Candy singer allegedly told Angel that he had violent thoughts about killing babies and he think[s] about killing Lauren Kitt, Nicks pregnant wife. The TMZ report says that the police supposedly conducted a welfare check the day after the concerning FaceTime conversation. It also notes that in the court documents, Nick alleges that Aaron owns six firearms that are readily available.

Though the messy feud between the Carter brothers has been going on for years, it reached a new level in the wake of the restraining order announcement when Aaron began to tweet about his brothers alleged history of violence against women, siding with his accusers. Early Wednesday morning, Aaron suggested that the restraining order was actually an act of retaliation because I live streamed with one of his accusers. In other tweets, he accused his brother of sexually assaulting multiple women and underage girls. His tweetstorm eventually caught the attention of Melissa Schuman, former member of the teen girl band Dream, after he began tagging both her and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan.

Schuman first publicly accused Nick Carter of sexual assault in 2017, emboldened by the #MeToo movement. She wrote an essay claiming that Carter assaulted her in 2002 when she was 18 and he was 22. In the essay, Schuman accuses him of inviting her to hang out with a group of friends at his house in Santa Monica, where he allegedly forced oral sex on her and raped her. At the time, she explains in the essay, she felt she didnt have the resources to stand up against my abusers legal counsel, so she chose to stay silent.

On Wednesday, Schuman voiced her support for her alleged attackers brother, calling Aarons tweets brave. Of course I believe and stand with Aaron because I have been in active communication with other Nick Carter survivors! she tweeted. Holding their stories, continuing to advocate despite not being supported or believed. In a tweet seemingly addressed to the media, Schuman wrote, you are villainizing the wrong Carter.

Aarons online accusations against his brother from the past 24 hours include statutory rape and intimidating girls into silence. In a vague, unpunctuated tweet, he wrote, Restraining order says stay 100 feet away Its been thousands of miles for years Using the court system to shake me down Worked on some girls but wont work on me. He even goes so far as to call on true crime television host Aphrodite Jones to do a r Kelly type documentary about his brother.

Nick Carter has never been charged in connection to sexual assault accusations and denies Schumans allegations. The LAPD declined to press charges against him when Schuman reported the alleged assault to the police in 2018, as the statute of limitations had expired. Neither Aaron Carter nor Nick Carter responded to requests for comment.

Aarons Twitter tirade comes after he opened up on Fridays episode of The Doctors about his battle with drug addiction and recent diagnoses of multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, and acute anxiety. He claimed on the show that he hasnt used opiates since 2017, in spite of testing positive. Next month, Carter will appear alongside fellow child star Corey Feldman on the reality show Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars Family Edition.

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American Crime Story drama

Latest series of the US hit show will recount the former White House interns affair with the then president that led to his impeachment in 1998

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Monica Lewinsky is among the producers on a new series of American Crime Story focusing on the Bill Clinton sex scandal.

Titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, the Ryan Murphy-helmed anthology drama will recount the notorious affair between the then US president Clinton and former White House intern Lewinsky, and the subsequent impeachment proceedings called against him by the US House of Representatives.

Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson playing Linda Tripp, the civil servant who secretly recorded phone calls the 22-year-old made about her affair with Clinton, who was 27 years her senior.

The series will premiere in September 2020 in the US, and is expected to air in the UK soon after. The previous two series of American Crime Story have been shown on BBC Two in the UK, as part of the broadcasters syndication deal with the US.

Impeachment has been adapted by Murphy from Jeffrey Toobins book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Murphy originally optioned the book in 2017, but shelved plans to bring it to TV last year as he felt that such a project would be gross without the contribution of Lewinsky.

However, with Lewinskys involvement, Impeachment is now going ahead. In a statement to Vanity Fair, she said that she had been hesitant to sign on to the series, but was swayed by the opportunity to reclaim my narrative.

People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades, Lewinsky said. In fact, it wasnt until the past few years that Ive been able to fully reclaim my narrative, almost 20 years later.

This isnt just a me problem. Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time. Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen.

FX chairman John Landgraf said that the network would not be reaching out to Bill and Hillary Clinton for their input.

The Clinton scandal has been the subject of renewed public interest in recent years, following the rise of the #MeToo movement and calls for the impeachment of current US president Donald Trump. Last year, Lewinsky contributed to docuseries The Clinton Affair, while the subject also formed the basis of the second season of popular current affairs podcast Slow Burn.

American Crime Story has attracted critical acclaim and high ratings for its retellings of landmark events in recent US history. Its first season, 2016s The People Vs OJ Simpson, won a total of nine Emmy awards for its account of the 1994 murder case against former American Football player and actor OJ Simpson.

The drama went on to win a further three Emmys in 2018 for its second season, which recalled the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. A further series, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, had been in production but was scrapped by FX last year.

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