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Tags: michael bloomberg | doubts | metoo | movement | charlie rose

Michael Bloomberg Casts Doubts on #MeToo Movement

Michael Bloomberg Casts Doubts on #MeToo Movement
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By    |   Monday, 17 September 2018 01:44 PM EDT

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed doubt in an interview with The New York Times about the #MeToo movement, calling the allegations of sexual misconduct “disgraceful” but also saying “I don’t know how true all of it is.”

Bringing up unprompted the case of TV anchor Charlie Rose, who was fired after numerous women accused him of unwanted and coercive sexual behavior, Bloomberg said, “We never had a complaint, whatsoever, and when I read some of the stuff, I was surprised... But I never saw anything and we have no record, we’ve checked very carefully.”

Although the former mayor said the media industry was guilty of not “standing up” against sexual misconduct sooner, he declined to say whether he believed the allegations against Rose, insisting: “Let the court system decide,” because “presumption of innocence is the basis of” the system.

Bloomberg’s views could run him into trouble with many in the Democratic Party.

Bloomberg is considering a run for the president as a Democrat and has already aligned himself with the party in the midterms as he pledged to spend $80 million to flip control of the House.

Irin Carmon, one of The Washington Post reporters who led investigations into Rose's conduct, told Business Insider that Bloomberg was wrong to second-guess the dozens of allegations.

“The stories were extensively reported" and corroborated by sources with contemporaneous accounts of the incidents, Carmon said, adding, "as for the courts, three of the women we spoke to are in fact now suing Charlie Rose.”

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed doubt in an interview with The New York Times about the #MeToo movement, calling the allegations of sexual misconduct "disgraceful."
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