CBS CEO Les Moonves Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, And CBS Has Responded
CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie "Les" Moonves has been accused of sexual misconduct, and CBS' board of directors has already spoken out on the matter. Let's start with the original report of the allegations against Moonves.
A recent report from The New Yorker says that six women who dealt with Les Moonves on a professional basis, including actress and writer Illeana Douglas, have alleged that he sexually harassed them, with all the instances occurring from the 1980s through the late 2000s. Four of these women claim that the harassment involved "forcible touching or kissing" while business meetings were going on, and noted that the behavior appeared to be a "practiced routine" of his. Two of the women alleging harassment said that Moonves either threatened to hurt their careers or physically intimidated them, while all six of the women said that Moonves became hostile or cold toward them once they rebuffed his advances, and all also believe their careers were derailed as a result.
The article also notes that 30 former and current employees for CBS spoke to the reporter and confirmed that such behavior was rather common at the network, especially with regards to CBS News and the long-running news magazine 60 Minutes. These employees allege that, during Moonves' tenure, other men accused of sexual misconduct were allowed to move ahead at the company, while CBS also paid settlements to their accusers. The account from The New Yorker couldn't confirm that Moonves actually knew about every harassment claim, but he's been known as someone who's very involved in management decisions at all levels of the company.
For his part, Les Moonves has offered a statement with regards to the allegations against him:
It's clear from the above statement issued by Les Moonves that he feels nothing he did crossed the line into harassment or physical threats, and also that he believes the time of his "mistakes" ended "decades ago." The board of directors at CBS have also released a statement on the allegations against him, which was obtained by TV Guide. Here's what they had to say:
It will likely take a while for the investigation into these allegations to be completed, but CinemaBlend will keep you up to date on the claims against Les Moonves as more details become available.
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