National Organization for Women says Les Moonves should be arrested

National Organization for Women says Les Moonves should be arrested

National Organization for Women says Les Moonves should be arrested

Leslie Moonves, chairperson and chief executive officer of television network CBS, has resigned from his positions, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

With those optics in mind, CBS said Sunday night that Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement and other groups fighting for workplace equity for women. He will take with him "certain fully accrued and vested compensation and benefits", and any future payments are dependent on the result of the ongoing independent investigation.

CBS said Moonves will not receive any severance benefits and any future payments would be dependent on the outcome of an independent investigation now taking place.

A new report from Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker details claims against Moonves from six more women, on top of the allegations the journalist reported in July.

In Farrow's latest article, both a former TV executive and a former assistant to Moonves said the CEO had forced them to perform oral sex when they worked together.

CBS said the network's chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will take over Mr Moonves' duties as president and chief executive until its board of directors can find a permanent replacement. The CBS board initially resisted calls for Moonves to be suspended or forced out.

"And this I know is true, to the core of my being: Women can not achieve equality in the workplace or society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility".

"CBS's days as an independent public company are numbered", said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles-based investment banker who closely follows the company. But with Moonves' departure, CBS announced that it was dropping its lawsuit against National Amusements in return for National Amusements confirming it would not seek a merger between the companies for the next two years.

Moonves had opposed efforts by NAI, which is owned by Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone, to merge CBS with Viacom Inc (VIAB.O), another company they own.

The new season of "The Talk" dove headfirst into the sexual assault allegations against Les Moonves, without regular cohost Julie Chen - Moonves' wife - joining the other women on air.

Moonves denied the allegations, and characterized his relationships with some of the women as consensual. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations.

She said numerous women accusing Moonves of inappropriate behavior have expressed concerns about speaking to CBS' independent investigators "because they are being paid by CBS".

Through Sunday evening's settlement, all of those suits will be dismissed and CBS will return to some sense of normal corporate order.

She noted that the Moonves' scandal comes just 10 months after she and co-host Gayle King discussed on air the firing of colleague Charlie Rose for alleged sexual misconduct.

In addition, five independent directors and one director affiliated with parent company National Amusements (NAI) have stepped down from the board, and will be replaced by six new directors.

Later on Sunday, announcing his resignation, he said: "Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am". Shortly after his first New Yorker story was published, a source familiar with the situation told me that Moonves was the anonymous subject of a recent article published this past May by Dr. Anne Peters in the Annals of Internal Medicine, under the headline "A Physician's Place in the #MeToo Movement".

He said on CNN that "these women are coming out now" because "they have been extraordinarily frustrated by what they perceive to be inaction on the part of CBS and its board".

She said they will continue to work with CBS in the interim.

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