CBS CEO Leslie Moonves Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Tuesday, 11 Sep, 2018

CBS had said it takes such allegations very seriously. A dozen women have accused Moonves of sexual harrassment or assault between the 1980s and early 2000s, and claim that when they rebuffed the disgraced exec, he retaliated by hurting their careers.

Moonves, in a statement included in the report, acknowledged three encounters before his tenure at CBS, but said they were consensual and added: "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue".

After Moonves' exit was announced and CBS said he wouldn't be getting any severance for the time being, Bloom posted a new message: "Good".

That Moonves could be entitled to such a high severance is "completely disgusting", said one of his accusers in the New Yorker article. She wrote years after, when she made a decision to leave Hollywood for the rough and tumble classrooms of LA, "As an executive in the entertainment industry in the days when women were few and not particularly endeared by the powerful, I learned to be strong and tough".

Joseph Ianniello took over as interim chief executive of CBS on Monday, after Les Moonves's Sunday night resignation.

The terms of Moonves's exit were unclear, though it was reported that his severance will be withheld pending the results of an independent investigation.

Moonves' branch of the Redstone empire, with CBS as its bedrock and Showtime as its prestige jewel, was often seen as more stable compared to Viacom, which relied on fickle basic-cable fees and advertising dollars along with the vagaries of the theatrical box office.

Les Moonves makes around $70 million a year in his current position at CBS, where he's been in one executive capacity or another since 1995.

Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, for example, revealed that she'd reported her claims to the Los Angeles Police Department past year.

Osbourne added, "I want to say that whatever times I've had of hardship over the past eight years, Julie has always been there for me".

In later incidents, Golden-Gottlieb says Moonves left his office and returned not wearing trousers and that he threw her against a wall. "He absolutely ruined my career".

The shocking exposé detailed several instances of Moonves' alleged inappropriate behavior and unwanted advances, including forcing the women to preform oral sex on him and exposing himself without their consent, as well as the reported use of physical violence, intimidation, and retaliation.

"What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was sacked for not participating", actress and writer Illeana Douglas told the magazine in the July report. 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", the 68-year-old continued. She's been a friend, she's someone who I admire and respect greatly. The women in Sunday's report echoed descriptions of a culture of playing down accusations and promoting men even after the company settled allegations against them. "We believe them", Times' Up said in a statement early Sunday.

CNN just reported that Moonves "will step down soon as part of a wide-ranging corporate settlement of a separate fight for control of CBS". But it is far from a solution. Use that money instead to help women. Kelly Kahl, the had of CBS Entertainment, and David Stapf, the head of CBS's studio, have worked with Moonves since before he joined the company. "It's hard for everybody at CBS News", O'Donnell said. "And women should not feel they have to carry secrets and burdens".

The reason why Griffin's comeback has been so successful is because she's been willing to throw those firebombs, figuring her career couldn't get damaged more than being questioned by the secret service and having supporters of Trump send her death threats.

"Women can not achieve equality in the workplace or society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility", O'Donnell said.

"Every two days, he'd find a darker space, or a place downstairs", she said. "As a journalist, I'm confident that the truth is going to come out".

She concluded her remarks by saying "This has to end".

Co-host Eve said, "I support Julie and I'm praying for her and praying for her family".