'Death penalty'

Gayle King calls for ‘due process’ in #MeToo movement

Gayle King. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Hearst)

In a new interview with The New York Times, CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King made some frank comments about the #MeToo movement and her friendship with Charlie Rose, her former colleague who was fired in disgrace by CBS last year amid a hail of sexual misconduct allegations. Since Rose was fired even more accusations of workplace sex harassment have come to light.

King was asked by correspondent Audie Cornish about whether she thinks a backlash to the #MeToo movement will develop. “I do worry about that, because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty,” King replied. “There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same.” Other feminists have made similar remarks in recent months, though comments by Camille Paglia and Germaine Greer have been more forceful than King’s — and drawn a fair share of criticism.

Gayle King, Charlie Rose, Erica Hill, and Chris Licht of the television show CBS This Morning speak during the CBS portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 11, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The 63-year-old newswoman was also asked directly about whether she’s had to reconcile her longtime friendship with Charlie Rose with the claims of sexual misconduct against him. “I don’t feel as if I’ve had to reconcile my feelings. I don’t believe in turning your back on a friend, even when a friend has done something you adamantly disagree with and you’re disappointed in,” King said. “But I also know that you listen to women, and I don’t discount their stories, either.”

The complete interview is brief but covers a lot of ground as King, among other things, explains why she lobbied for a male anchor to replace the vanquished Rose on CBS This Morning. And she discussed her thoughts on the Roseanne Barr racist tweet storm, including how well the media did in covering such an explosive story — and her reaction to ABC canceling Barr’s rebooted sitcom.

Read the full Q&A at The New York Times.

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