Former Charlie Rose Intern Says He Made Her Watch S&M Scene in 'Secretary'
Sarah Gordon says her 'Charlie Rose' show boss showed her a sexually graphic scene from the 2002 film.
A former intern for the Charlie Rose show has recalled a time when her then-boss, Charlie Rose, made her watch a well-known Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring scene in the sadomasochistic 2002 movie Secretary.
Sarah Gordon, who worked for Rose in 2002, said he showed her the graphic sex scene when she was delivering mail to his apartment, and he asked her how it made her feel.
"I proceeded to go into the living room, and he said, 'I want to show you this scene from this movie,' and he said, 'Have a seat, you know, relax,' and he proceeded to turn on the film Secretary, which is a sexually involved film involving S&M, unfortunately," Gordon told NBC News, adding her name to the list of women who have come forward to accuse the veteran journalist of sexual harassment since Monday's Washington Post exposé.
She continued, "I take a step back, and I breathe, and I say, 'OK, what's the intention here?' I don't bolt. I'm not exactly sure what I said. I did not run," she recalled, now years later. "I just didn't know what to say. Probably then I tried to divert it and change the subject. 'Is there anything else you want me to do?' I think I tried to change the subject."
In Secretary, Gyllenhaal plays a submissive secretary who becomes sexually involved with her boss, played by James Spader.
Gordon said she removed herself from the situation after about 20 minutes and that Rose never physically touched her. She said she viewed Rose as a true journalist. Now, she says, "I don't think someone like that deserves to have a position like that if they are going to abuse their power in any way."
Since the Post report detailed sexual-harassment allegations from eight women on Monday, three additional former CBS staffers have come forward with claims against Rose. On Tuesday, the CBS This Morning co-anchor was fired by his network, and PBS, which distributes the long-running Charlie Rose show with Bloomberg, announced that they would cease distribution.
In his initial statement, Rose, 75, said in part, "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though 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." He has yet to comment on the additional allegations from the CBS staffers or from Gordon. When approached outside his apartment building on Monday, Rose commented that the behavior described in the allegations were not "wrongdoings."