CBS investing claims of sexual misconduct made against chief executive

CBS investing claims of sexual misconduct made against chief executive

CBS investing claims of sexual misconduct made against chief executive

In Farrow's article, he delves into the stories of several women who accused Moonves of sexual misconduct, and how the CEO's behavior created a culture of harassment and misogyny throughout the network.

Jeff Fager, exec producer of "60 Minutes", was also called out in the New Yorker article for condoning harassment during his time as chair of CBS News, a role he held from 2011 through 2015.

Farrow reported in the article that six women who had professional dealings with Moonves said he sexually harassed them in incidents between the 1980s and the late 2000s.

Moonves, one of the most powerful executives in media, has led CBS for two decades, including the 12 years since it split from Viacom. Television, where his team developed hit shows such as "Friends" and "ER".

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the New Yorker's exposé on Moonves comes from Ronan Farrow, whose reporting on sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein earned him a Pulitzer Prize. "I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances", said Moonves in a statement to the The New Yorker, which was obtained by TheWrap.

"Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely", Moonves said.

In a statement to The New Yorker, Leslie Moonves defended himself against the allegations, saying that while he may have made "advances" on women in the past, he has never misused his position as CEO.


Moonves, 68, is now married to "Big Brother" and "The Talk" host Julie Chen, whom he Wednesday in 2004. Chen tweeted on Friday that she stands by Moonves and that he is a "good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader". He is a kind, decent and honorable man.

The New Yorker article also quotes CBS as saying that it is "very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously".

In November, CBS fired veteran news host Charlie Rose over allegations he had groped women, walked naked in front of them and made lewd phone calls.

Actress Illeana Douglas (To Die For) was one of the women who came forward to tell her story, saying "What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was sacked for not participating". "We are seeing vigorous discourse in our country about equality, inclusion, and safety in the workplace, and CBS is committed to being part of the solution to those important issues", the company said in its statement. Nor was it clear what impact it would have on a legal battle for control of the United States television giant - between the Redstone family, which controls CBS, and the board, chaired by Moonves.

Moonves, 68, is in a legal battle over control of the U.S. company with its largest shareholder, National Amusements. Moonves opposes the deal.

Combining CBS, which owns cable networks including Showtime as well as the CBS TV Network and CBS TV Studios, with Viacom, whose businesses include Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, would have more negotiating leverage with cable and satellite companies, analysts said. For years his closest advisors were all women; Nina Tassler, who was chairman of CBS Entertainment; Nancy Tellem, who was CBS Entertainment Group president; Jo Ann Ross, chief advertising officer. A one-time actor, he is father to four children.

The CBS chief has been a towering figure in television for decades, credited with turning around a network that had been mired for years at the bottom ratings.

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