A former intern claims disgraced newsman Charlie Rose once made her watch a graphic sex scene from the film, Secretary.
Sarah Gordon says the disturbing incident happened at Rose's Manhattan apartment in 2002, the same year the movie came out.
“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,'" she told the Today show. "And he proceeded to turn on the film, Secretary, which is a sexually involved film, involving S&M, unfortunately."
The movie, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, tells the story of a sadomasochistic relationship between a boss and his secretary.
“He asked me, ‘How does this make you feel, you know? Does it turn you on?’ That kind of stuff,” she recalled.
The former intern was 21-years-old and working on Rose's PBS show when she says the incident happened. She says she told him she was not interested in watching the movie, and he did not touch her. She left the apartment after about 20 minutes.
Gayle King opened Wednesday’s CBS This Morning and was joined at the anchor desk by two CBS correspondents, Bianna Golodryga and Vladimir Duthiers. Her regular co-anchor, Norah O’Donnell was on Thanksgiving vacation.
King also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, a booking made weeks ago, before any indication that Rose's career would go up in flames.
She said she is having a hard time coming to terms with what has transpired as a result of the allegations against him.
“Monday, your world is one way and in 24 hours Charlie has been suspended and then fired," she said. "Charlie Rose, who was an icon in this country. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that."
Rose was fired from CBS and PBS Tuesday.
He was also axed from his Bloomberg show, which has been hosted by other anchors from the network. The Bloomberg website has taken down the show's page.