By , Emily Smith
Published December 22, 2017
What, me worry? Charlie Rose seems more like Alfred E. Newman at dinner with a beautiful woman on the Upper West Side, where he was besieged by other women lining up for selfies.
Spies said the disgraced ex-host of “CBS This Morning” was at Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant with an attractive young brunette on Thursday night, and didn’t appear to have lost his old “charm.”
Rose “looked in a great mood,” said one onlooker, who added that he seemed like he’d had “a few bottles of wine.” But the onlooker was stunned to see other women falling all over themselves to approach Rose, who was fired by CBS and PBS last month after sexual harassment allegations.
The witness said, “Charlie was approached by quite a few women who asked to take selfies with him, and he happily obliged. First, a group of four women asked for a photo, which prompted other women in the restaurant to join the line.”
However, the scene sparked anger and astonishment from other female diners. One piqued patron told us, “I was thinking, ‘Is this really happening?’ No wonder people do not take sexual harassment seriously. He was treated like a king!”
Rose told us a different story. He said, “Nobody lined up. The people who came over are a family from Florida who bred their Labrador Stella with my Labrador Barclay five years ago. It was a mother and her three daughters who are in New York and just happened to be there for dinner. They just came over to say hello.”
When asked what he is up to now, Rose answered, “I try to use my time wisely by listening to my friends and others in order to understand and learn. It is a time to listen, not speak.”
In November, eight women alleged that Rose made unwanted sexual advances. One assistant said he walked nude in front of her at least a dozen times as she worked at his New York home when she was 21, and that he called her at night to describe fantasies of her naked in his pool. He responded at the time, “I have behaved insensitively at times . . . though I do not believe all of these allegations are accurate . . . I always felt that I was pursuing a shared feeling, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”