Les Moonves was not invited to the Emmys amid sexual misconduct allegations

Les Moonves will not be in attendance at Monday night’s Emmy Awards following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

The former CEO of CBS Corp. — who resigned from the network earlier this month amid the scandal — was not invited to the award show by CBS and therefore won’t be going,…

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Julie Chen’s ‘Big Brother’ sign-off lets everyone know where she stands on Les Moonves sexual misconduct scandal

Julie Chen garnered a wave of criticism for the way she seemed to support her husband, Les Moonves, following his exit from CBS amid a sexual misconduct scandal.

Making her first TV appearance since Moonves resigned as CEO of CBS Corp., Chen signed off of “Big Brother” in a way she normally doesn’t…

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CBS CEO Moonves resigns amid new allegations of sexual misconduct

Leslie Moonves, the top executive at CBS Corp since 2006 and a major figure at the broadcast network and media company for more than two decades, resigned on Sunday amid a new wave of allegations against him of sexual assault and harassment.
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Les Moonves resignation puts Viacom merger on hold

Within hours of CBS boss Les Moonves resigning on Sunday under a cloud of sexual misconduct accusations, the media giant and its controlling shares settled their bitter lawsuit. Under the settlement, CBS dropped its move to dilute control of the Redstone family’s National Amusements Inc. to 17 percent from 79 percent, the companies said in…
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Les Moonves leaves CBS, $20 million to be donated to #MeToo movement


Following numerous sexual harassment allegations against Les Moonves, the CBS head will step down from the company “effective immediately.”

On Sunday, CBS announced it had reached a settlement with Moonves, a 24-year veteran of the company, and that he and CBS will donate $ 20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement.

The donation will be deducted from severance benefits which may be due to Moonves, and any payments made in future will be dependent on results of a third-party investigation by law firms Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton. Read more…

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New allegations of misconduct emerge against Les Moonves amid talk of departure from CBS

Six women have come forward with new accusations of sexual harrassment or assault by CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, who is said to be in talks for a multi-million dollar exit deal.


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CBS hires law firms to investigate allegations about Moonves and ‘cultural issues’

CBS said Wednesday that its board of directors had approved the hiring of two law firms to "conduct a full investigation of the allegations in recent press reports about Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves."


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Media icon Robert Johnson defends the character of his ‘great friend’ Les Moonves and calls for a quick investigation

However, the BET founder also says CBS owes Moonves and the alleged victims a "quick" investigation, acknowledging that Moonves has already admitted to making women "uncomfortable" by "making advances."


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4 Things to Know About Sexual Assault Allegations Against CBS’ Leslie Moonves

A New Yorker report on allegations of sexual assault, harassment, and retaliation against CBS CEO Leslie “Les” Moonves was so anticipated that it sent the media company’s stock down almost 10% hours before the story’s publication on Friday afternoon. CBS also said it would investigate the allegations before the story appeared.

And then it did. The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow provided accounts from several women, both identified by name and presented anonymously or with partial identification, who accused Moonves of unwanted physical contact that ranged from forcibly holding them down, putting a hand up a skirt, or thrusting his tongue down their throat.

In a statement to the New Yorker, Moonves said acknowledged making advances in some cases “decades ago,” but said he understood “‘no’ means ‘no’” and never retaliated. CBS said the company has never received any claims of misconduct against the CEO during his 24 years at the company, and has paid out no settlements. Still, earlier Friday, CBS released a statement that its independent directors were committed to investigating claims of personal misconduct. Multiple past and present CBS executives are mentioned in the article.

Five key takeaways from the lengthy New Yorker story:

1.) Moonves is alleged to have arranged solo meetings at which he made advances or assaults, a pattern similar to that reported of Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein. Writer and actress Illeana Douglas, writer Janet Jones, producer Christine Peters, and an actress who appeared on a CBS show as a police officer and declined to be identified further said Moonves made unwanted contact or advances during such meetings. Dinah Kirgo, a writer, said she turned down a private dinner with Moonves. (CBS told Farrow that Moonves acknowledged trying to kiss Douglas, but denied any more aggressive behavior, and that he didn’t touch or make inappropriate contact with the police-officer actress or Peters. CBS said he didn’t recall interacting with Jones or Kirgo.)

2.) Following Moonves’ alleged assault, Douglas had her role cut from a show in production and an exclusive appearance deal canceled with 80% of the payment not made. Douglas’s attorney negotiated for part of the payment and a contact to appear in a new miniseries. CBS denied the payment or new contract were settlements. Other women in the New Yorker article described retaliation after their alleged negative interactions with Moonves, including the loss of career opportunities and the spread of rumors that they were difficult to deal with.

3.) Farrow described an environment at CBS that allowed a culture of sexual misconduct and harassment to fester, citing numerous incidents, including those recited in a lawsuit in 2027 by a longtime CBS employee, Erin Gee, who said she was demoted after a boss told her “to have sex with a coworker with whom she was having difficulties in order to ‘break the ice.’” (Her attorney declined to comment and CBS said the matter was settled.)

4.) A Washington Post article early this year providing extensive reporting on the allegations about Charlie Rose’s purported sexual misconduct omitted mention of Jeff Faber, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, about whom Farrow details a number of anecdotes about his unwanted physical contact with employees and how he allegedly protected and promoted other men accused of a variety of behavior. Fager allegedly pressured the Post. The Post declined to comment on the specifics, stating: “Nothing that met our longstanding standards for publication was left out.” (Post contributing writer Irin Carmon, one of the two authors of the story, said while accepting an award at an event in June and at which Fager was in the audience: “The system is still powerful men getting stories killed that I believe will someday see the light of day.” She added on Twitter: “There will be more to say, and I will when I can.”)



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6 Women Accuse CBS CEO Les Moonves of Sexual Harassment

Six women have accused CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual harassment over the course of three decades, according to a report in the New Yorker.

Six women told the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow — who won a Pultizer Prize last year for his reporting on allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein — that Moonves sexually harassed them between the 1980s and late 2000s. Four of the women alleged that Moonves touched them inappropriately including producer Christine Peters, and two women including actor Illeana Douglas allege he had physically intimidated them and threatened to ruin their careers.

In a statement provided to the New Yorker and subsequently given to TIME, Moonves acknowledged he erred in the past, but said he never misused his power at the network.

“Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our Company,” Moonves said. “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected – and abided by the principle – that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”

CBS said it is reviewing the allegations against Moonves, adding there have never been any misconduct claims or settlements against Moonves throughout his tenure at the network.

Aside from the claims against Moonves, the New Yorker also depicts the work environment at CBS as one fraught with unreported claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. In particular, several former employees reportedly allege that Jeff Fager, the former chairman of CBS News who is currently the executive producer of 60 Minutes, inappropriately touched colleagues, and made advances toward an associate producer when he was inebriated at a company party. The employees also allege that Fager turned a blind eye when other male employees engaged in similar behavior, according to Farrow’s account.

Fager said the incidents “never happened,” according to a statement from CBS. “There’s a reason these awful allegations have not been published before—despite the efforts of a few former employees who did not succeed at ‘60 Minutes.’ It is because they are false, anonymous, and do not hold up to editorial scrutiny,” he said. CBS did not directly address the allegations against Fager, but took issue with the depiction of the company as a whole.

“CBS is very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously. We do not believe, however, that the picture of our Company created in The New Yorker represents a larger organization that does its best to treat its tens of thousands of employees with dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

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UPDATE 3-CBS probes misconduct allegations against CEO Moonves amid legal battle

U.S. broadcasting and media company CBS
Corp said it was investigating claims of personal
misconduct by its chief executive Leslie Moonves made in a New
Yorker magazine article that was published on Friday.

Reuters: Company News


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