CBS CEO Les Moonves Accused of Sex Crimes, Violence By More Women

Report: Les Moonves Stepping Down As Chief Executive Officer At CBS

CBS reaches deal with CEO Leslie Moonves amid new sexual harassment claims

In the event that he does indeed step down at CBS, it's presumed that his successor Joseph Ianniello will serve as interim CEO until an indefinite replacement is found. The CBS Board of Directors has an obligation to move swiftly and decisively to create a safe work environment for all and rid the company of this toxic culture. Moonves will not receive any severance benefits other than what the company describes as "certain fully accrued and vested compensation and benefits". Some of them also said Moonves retaliated after being rebuffed, damaging their careers.

Farrow, whose reporting about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, quotes them as saying that Moonves forced them, at times violently, to perform oral sex on him, or that he exposed himself to them. In a statement to the magazine, Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters, but said they were consensual.

Leslie Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to supporting the #MeToo movement, the company said.

"It was quite a few times that those women would come back and say, 'I'm never going up there again, ' " Debra Williams, who was then spa director, tells Farrow, adding that a hotel official warned Moonves to stop the behavior.

"In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations".

"I definitely think he should resign, and I don't think he should get $100 million to resign", said Linda Silverthorn, who accused Moonves of unwanted sexual advances in the New Yorker article. The Time's Up advocacy group issued a statement on Thursday blasting CBS for considering such a sum in light of the allegations.

CNBC reported in early September that the CBS board would offer Moonves a roughly $100 million exit package consisting almost entirely of CBS stock.

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Mr Moonves has been one of the most powerful executives in USA media, joining CBS in 1995 as head of entertainment and becoming chief executive of CBS Corp in 2006. When she resisted later advances, she began to be frozen out at the company, she said.

Moonves for his part denies the allegations, according to Fox News. In recent months there has been conflict behind the scenes due to a position held by Shari Redstone, CBS's controlling shareholder, as she has been arguing in favor of merging CBS Corporation with Viacom - also controlled by Redstone.

CBS indicated on Sunday, however, that no severance agreement has been reached.

It has been almost a year since Pulitzer Prize-winning articles by The New York Times and the New Yorker exposed a pattern of misconduct by Weinstein, who now faces sex crime charges in New York. Moonves was married at the time; he divorced his first wife and married CBS on-air personality Julie Chen in 2004.

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves will step down from his position amid a series of sexual misconduct complaints by at least 12 female accusers.

In Farrow's first story, six women, some of whom were named, alleged harassment and other misconduct by Moonves and connected it to deeper problems at the company.

Last week, The Huffington Post's Yashar Ali reported that, after the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake incident during the Super Bowl that aired on CBS, Moonves "was furious that Jackson didn't make a similarly contrite apology to him" and she became the "target of Moonves' ire and vengefulness", including ordering MTV, VH1, and CBS-owned radio to stop playing her music.

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