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Did Wes Anderson mock Charlie Rose in The Royal Tenenbaums?

Eight women have come forward with allegations against the TV show personality – did Anderson put him in the movie?

Eight women have come forward with allegations of sexual offences and harassment against TV host Charlie Rose. In a report by the Washington Post, the claims range from groping to unwanted sexual phone calls and Rose getting naked in their presence. He has since been suspended from his morning show on CBS.

Watching some of the interactions on Rose’s show – and television career over decades – is quite disturbing, making lewd, sexual references to at times obviously very uncomfortable women.

People are now picking up again on Wes Anderson’s 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums, which exposes a very creepy Charlie Rose-like character. Whether it’s a direct lampooning of a gross open secret regarding Rose's lewd behaviour, is up for debate. 

In the film, as Newsweek reports, Raleigh St. Clair (played by Bill Murray), goes through some background info on his wife Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow), finding out that she was groped by Peter Bradley (Larry Pine), a very Charlie Rose-like host, during the promo run for one of her plays. We see Bradley groping an emotionless, cigarette-smoking, 24-year-old Margot in a dressing room.

Additionally, the film’s special features include clips from a talk show with the Rose spoofer. He awkwardly and at times disastrously interviews minor characters from Anderson’s universe, like Brian Tenenbaum and Kumar Pallana, frequently mispronouncing their names.

Anderson has appeared more than 10 times on Rose’s TV show to promote films, but didn’t include his show in the Royal Tenenbaums promo run. Paltrow only appeared on Rose’s show once. 

In a statement to the Washington Post, Rose said of the accusations: “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realise I was mistaken.”