Moonves On His Way Out At CBS After More Harassment, Assault Allegations

Yolanda Curtis
September 11, 2018

Farrow, whose reporting about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, quotes them as saying that Moonves forced them, at times violently, to perform oral sex on him, or that he exposed himself to them. "A number of the women also said that Moonves retaliated after they rebuffed him, damaging their careers". Moonves will receive the $120 million as severance if the investigation doesn't substantiate the allegations. The news made headlines, and CBS promised to investigate the allegations, but since then there's been radio silence from the network as Moonves quietly continues on as CEO (he is now negotiating his exit from the company).

Ronan Farrow, a contributing writer for the New Yorker, speaks with reporters at Associated Press headquarters in NY, on July 27, 2018.

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue", Moonves said in a statement.

Moonves, in a statement to The New Yorker, acknowledged three of the encounters while maintaining that they were consensual.

"For me, it has been another sleepless night thinking about this, the pain that women feel, the courage that it takes for women to come forward and talk about this, and I really didn't know what I was going to say this morning", she continued. "I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career", he said. "The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes".

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Jeffrey Fager, the executive producer of "60 Minutes", was accused by former employees of inappropriate conduct in the initial New Yorker story in July.

Moonves vehemently denied the allegations.

Moonves is expected to resign Monday, Reuters reported.

"I was asked a couple of months ago to make a statement supporting Leslie, which I felt I was as diplomatic as I could be with the statement that I made", she said, likely alluding to a now-deleted tweet from July, after the first wave of accusers spoke out.

He was promoted to president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998, and became chairman in 2003.

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"The CBS Board of Directors is committed to a thorough and independent investigation of the allegations, and that investigation is actively underway", the media company's board said in a statement.

Viacom controls several major cable networks, including Comedy Central, MTV and BET, and movie studio Paramount. CBS Vice Chair Shari Redstone was supportive of the agreement.

To make matters slightly more complicated, Moonves and CBS are now locked in a war with the company's main shareholder, National Amusements. Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed. "We are confident in Joe's ability to serve as acting CEO and delighted to welcome our new directors, who bring valuable and diverse expertise and a strong commitment to corporate governance".

Ianniello, who joined CBS in 2005, has been its COO since 2013. "It is only a matter of time before CBS is reunited with Viacom, particularly since National Amusements is in a position to block any other acquirer".

Under Moonves, CBS has been the No. 1 TV network in total viewers for 15 of the past 16 seasons. According to her agent, Moonves had no intention of hiring a woman for that spot; even though he may have interviewed one or two for the job, it was all for show.

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