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Note at the time of post the cbs board and National Amusements are investigating the allegations.
Now CBS has released an official statement on the Les Moonves allegations.
Now Jeff Fager is named in the harassment allegations at CBS.
update Shari Redstone has issued an official response for National Amusements over the Moonves scandals
Updates on the fallout at CBS.
An update on the misconduct investigation at CBS.
Now Brad Kern has been fired at CBS for Misconduct and Jeff Fager has been on “Extended Vacation” as investigation continues.
Here is an update.
There are reports that the Redstone’s is in talks to get a new CEO to replace Moonves.
Here is an update on the Time’s up issue over the Moonves scandal at CBS
Here is an update more people come with new allegations on Moonves
Six more women accused CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct and intimidation in a bombshell report published Sunday by The New Yorker, as reports swirl that the 68-year-old corporate chief is in negotiations to leave the company.
Multiple news outlets, including The Los Angeles Times and CNN, say he’s expected to step down by Monday.
The investigative report by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow includes allegations that Moonves forced oral sex, exposed himself, committed violent acts and derailed careers in incidents that occurred from the 1980s to the early 2000s. It follows a previous Farrow report from late July that featured accusations from six other women.
In the new report, the accusers, who give their names, describe a range of damning actions.
Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, who was a Moonves colleague at Lorimar-Telepictures studio in the 1980s, describes an incident in 1986 in which she says Moonves forced her to perform oral sex.
Update Les Moonves is Rumored to step Down from CBS.
Update we have another report Jeff Fager is facing new allegations of Harassment at CBS News.
Update CBS has an official statement on Les Moonves and he is out of the CEO Seat.
CBS Corporation announced on Sunday that chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves is departing the company, effective immediately. Moonves’ exit comes hours after The New Yorker published accounts from six women with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct, following allegations by six other women in July.
A financial exit package for Moonves will be withheld pending the results of an ongoing investigation into the allegations against him. Moonves was eligible for as much as $180 million if fired without cause, according to an employment contract he signed in May 2017. Recent reports indicated a potential payout in the range of $100 million.
The company said in a statement that CBS and Moonves will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace. The donation will be made immediately, the statement said, and deducted from any severance he ultimately receives.
Joseph Ianniello, the current Chief Operating Officer and deputy to Moonves, will serve as interim CEO while the board searches for a permanent leader.
Moonves, 68, has run CBS since 2006 and his exit marks a dramatic fall by one by the most powerful executives in Hollywood.
The allegations, reported by Ronan Farrow, include forced kissing, forced oral sex, unwanted advances and physical abuse. Some of the women say Moonves retaliated against them and that their careers suffered after they rebuffed his advances.
Moonves has denied the allegations against him. In a new statement to The New Yorker, Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters but said they were consensual. He did not tell The New Yorker which three he was acknowledging.
“The appalling accusations in this article are untrue,” the statement reads. “What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. 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. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”
Farrow said the women who made allegations in his most recent story had no connection to the “corporate battles” at CBS.
In August, the CBS board of directors hired two outside law firms to investigate the initial claims against Moonves, as well as other reports of sexual harassment and an inappropriate culture for women throughout CBS and the CBS News division.
Jeffrey Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes,” was accused by former employees of inappropriate conduct in the initial New Yorker story in July. He has denied the allegations.
Sunday’s report from Farrow also includes a new allegation against Fager. Sarah Johansen, who was an intern in the late 2000s, says Fager once groped her at an office function and described the culture as “sexist” and a “boy’s club.”
Moonves joined the former CBS Corporation in 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment. He has been chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation since 2006. In the late 1980s, he was an executive at Lorimar Television.
CBS owns the CBS TV network, cable network Showtime and the publisher Simon & Schuster.
Moonves had been in a corporate battle with Shari Redstone, controlling shareholder in CBS through her company National Amusements, which also controls Viacom.
Viacom controls several major cable networks, including Comedy Central, MTV and BET, and movie studio Paramount.
Redstone had been pushing to merge CBS and Viacom, and Moonves had opposed the move.
As part of the agreement announced Sunday, Redstone agreed that the company would not pursue a combination of CBS and Viacom for at least two years.
“Today’s resolution will benefit all shareholders, allowing us to focus on the business of running CBS – and transforming it for the future. We are confident in Joe’s ability to serve as acting CEO,” Redstone said.
Now More is out on the Jeff Fager Scandal.
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