Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

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

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

A former senior CBS official told FOX Business in July, just after Farrow's first article about the allegations was published, that Mooves was likely to be replaced due to the seriousness of the accusations, but noted that internal candidates are "weak".

Moonves joined CBS as head of entertainment in 1995, and has been CEO of CBS Corp. since 2006, leading the CBS network, Showtime and other entities.

As the negotiations continue and shareholders and advocacy groups accuse the board of failing to hold Moonves accountable, new allegations are emerging. 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.

Among the new accusations made to The New Yorker is one by veteran television executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, who worked with Moonves in the late 1980s.

A representative of CBS controlling shareholder Shari Redstone and her company National Amusements declined to comment. Last week, news reports claimed that Moonves could leave CBS with an exit package of $100 million in company stocks. The Moonves-led CBS had opposed such a deal, leading to an open revolt in the board room and a legal battle to diminish Redstone's influence over the company. He's been battling National Amusements over board control, in addition to the harassment complaints.

The author of the New Yorker articles, Ronan Farrow, previously has written reports that contributed to the resignation of Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein from his film and TV studio following accusations of sexual misconduct. Any additional payments will depend upon the results of CBS' independent investigation and evaluation by the board of directors, the network said.

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The announcement arrived as the network was reportedly negotiating Moonves' exit and a possible settlement.

Moonves responded by acknowledging three of the encounters, but insisted they were consensual and that he never misused his status. Some alleged he forced them to perform oral sex on him, forcibly kissed them, exposed himself to unwilling participants and put the careers of those that rebuffed his advances in jeopardy.

According to The Huffington Post, Moonves ordered VHI, MTV and all Viacom-owned radio stations (at the time, Viacom was the parent company of CBS), to stop playing Jackson's songs and music videos. "And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women", Moonves said in a statement. Of all the "Me Too" cases in the past year, this one stood out for several reasons, including the fact that Moonves is a powerful CEO of a major publicly-traded corporation.Members of the CBS board of directors - the same directors who had been backing Moonves in the dispute with Redstone for months - did not suspend Moonves or force him to step down.

CNN also reports that Farrow told the network numerous women involved in the allegations have been frustrated with CBS' board's handling of the situation. This money, the amount of it, is dependent on the outcome of this investigation and what CBS believes to be truthful and accurate and real allegations of sexual misconduct. The statement sent out today confirms that there are no plans to merge CBS and Viacom for at least two years after the date of the settlement.

Farrow's initial piece on Moonves presumably helped him surface other women who claimed similar stories.

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