CBS CEO Moonves resigns after sexual misconduct claims

Les Moonves speaks at a conference in May 2017

Les Moonves speaks at a conference in May 2017

The network didn't address the allegations directly, but said Moonves will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.

"As I understand the allegations, and he denies them, but as I understand them, they allege that he used his corporate authority to badger and in some cases to force women to touch his body and in a way that they didn't want to", he said.

Sunday's report from Farrow also includes a new allegation against Fager. Ianniello, who has held his current position since 2013, has steered top projects such as the CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services.

He said he had consensual relations with three of the women named by The New Yorker "some 25 years ago before I came to CBS". In July he was accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by six different women and yesterday six more woman came forward with allegations of their own.

Chief Operating Officer Joe Ianiello will take over as interim CEO as the board searches for a replacement, according to the announcement. "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations", Moonves said. This is very series, and the appropriate actions need to take place.

"We're about to talk about something that affects everybody's lives here at CBS", said Osbourne.

Les Moonves had been under investigation at CBS since allegations of sexual misconduct were first reported by The New Yorker in July.




With Sunday's story, which included new accusations of Moonves retaliating against his accusers, "there was just too much pressure on the board and they had to act", BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield said Monday in an interview on Cheddar.

She said she decided it was best to repeat what she said on air after Rose was forced out last November. Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them.

On Sunday, Moonves released this statement: "For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS's renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company". The group said the CBS board has a responsibility to rid the company of a toxic culture toward women. "I am happy when women are heart, because for a long time they haven't been". "And that really is integral to what prompted this followup story".

Moonves has for years ranked among the most richly rewarded bosses in the U.S. His awarded pay of $98.5 million last year put him 13th nationwide among public company executives, according to the Bloomberg Pay Index.

Law enforcement told the New Yorker that Golden-Gottlieb's allegations appeared credible. Discussions had focused on the size of a severance package, and on whether Moonves would move to a producer role, the Times reported.

"As of a couple of days ago, they were still talking about potentially letting him leave with a very generous exit package, up to the neighborhood of $100 million", Farrow said on CNN. As a result of Farrow's article, more women are coming out of the woodwork to share their experiences of harassment, intimidation, and assault at the hands of the executive. Since attempts to silence her were made by the president and even people in entertainment (mostly men), Kathy Griffin 2.0 has come out swinging, defending not only her right to free speech but defending the women in entertainment who still have to cede control to men in power.

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