CBS investigates allegations of misconduct against CEO Leslie Moonves

Jul 28, 2018, 13:59
CBS investigates allegations of misconduct against CEO Leslie Moonves

The CBS board of directors said Friday that it would investigate allegations of misconduct against the company's chief executive, Leslie Moonves, the subject of a forthcoming article in The New Yorker focused on claims about his behavior toward women.

"With Shari gunning for him, there's just no way he survives this", one high-ranking executive at a rival network told Variety, adding of the allegations in Farrow's story, "It just rings so true".

"If you're reading about my work from secondary sources you're often not getting the full or correct story", Farrow said on Twitter.

The CBS board released its statement after the Hollywood Reporter published a story that Moonves was set to be accused in magazine. Last year, Farrow broke the story on the allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually abused women for decades.

All of the women say they believe their careers suffered because they rejected his advances.

Another CBS employee, writer Janet Jones, told Farrow that Moonves threw himself on her during a meeting and tried to kiss her.

CBS Corp.'s stock fell 6 percent. its worst one-day loss in almost seven years, as the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, triggering investor concerns Moonves might be forced to step down.

"CBS is very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously".

In a statement to The New Yorker, CBS said that Moonves has no recollection of the interactions with Jones.

Moones' alleged behavior falls into a pattern: inviting a woman for a one-on-one meeting, making an aggressive, unwanted advance.

"Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely", Moonves said.

He said he never misused his position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

Farrow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who, along with The New York Times past year, broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

Moonves started in the business by trying his hand at acting.

He was promoted to president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998, and became chairman in 2003.

CNN has obtained the statements from Moonves and CBS. In 1998, Moonves brought football back to the network.

He joined the CBS leadership in 1995, where he and his team developed a series of successful shows including "Friends", "ER", "Everybody Loves Raymond", and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".

"You're very expensive, I need to know you're worth it", Mr Moonves is accused of saying to her. Following the incident, Moonves allegedly threatened the victim. And the outlet described his television tastes: "In his shows, he likes the men alpha and handsome and the women smart and lovely, and he wants little personal complexity: happy endings are imperative".

In a statement provided to The New Yorker, Fager said, "It is wrong that our culture can be falsely defined by a few people with an ax to grind who are using an important movement as a weapon to get even, and not by the hundreds of women and men that have thrived, both personally and professionally, at '60 Minutes'".