Charlie Rose is facing more harassment allegations, this time from his former makeup artist Gina Riggi.
In a lawsuit filed in New York Thursday and obtained by USA TODAY, Riggi alleges Rose “bullied, demeaned and harassed” her throughout her time working for him on “The Charlie Rose Show” and “Charlie Rose: The Week.”
According to the complaint, Riggi, 62– who states she has provided makeup services for stars such as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCarpio – worked for Rose, 77, for 22 years. Rose’s shows were filmed at a Bloomberg studio, portrayed in the lawsuit as “a sexual hunting ground.”
Her lawsuit names Rose, Charlie Rose Inc. and Bloomberg.
“At no time was the plaintiff an employee of ours,” Bloomberg spokesperson Ty Trippet told USA TODAY in a statement. “We understand that the plaintiff was a contractor of Charlie Rose Inc., and given that they operated independently of us, any of her compensation would have been handled solely by Charlie Rose Inc.”
Trippet added the company has “no records of any complaint.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Rose’s attorney for comment.
Riggi’s attorney Patrick J. Walsh condemned Rose in a statement to USA TODAY.
“For years, Charlie Rose subjected Ms. Riggi to a toxic, misogynistic work environment, sexually harassing her female co-workers, and demeaning, degrading and belittling her and other women who worked on the show,” he said. Walsh says his client “complained to Bloomberg supervisors, who knew about the behavior, but they did nothing to stop it.”