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Leslie Moonves has led CBS for 15 years. He was already the subject of sexual harassment allegations. A new report on Sunday added more claims.CreditCreditAntoine Antoniol/Getty Images
By Edmund Lee

Sept. 9, 2018


Leslie Moonves, the longtime chief executive of the CBS Corporation, stepped down on Sunday night from the company he led for 15 years. His fall from Hollywood’s highest echelon was all but sealed after the publication earlier in the day of new sexual harassment allegations against him.
The CBS board announced his departure, effective immediately. As part of the agreement, the network said it would donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support equality for women in the workplace. The donation will be deducted from a potential severance benefit to Mr. Moonves, although he could still walk away with more than $120 million, according to two people familiar with the settlement agreement.
Mr. Moonves, however, will not receive any severance payment, until the completion of an independent investigation into the allegations, the board said. He could also receive nothing, based on the investigation’s results.
Joseph Ianniello, the chief operating officer of CBS and one of Mr. Moonves’s closest advisers, was named the interim chief executive.



The departure of Mr. Moonves marks a stunning reversal for an executive who is credited with turning CBS into television’s most-watched network. But he has been under intense pressure since July, when The New Yorker published an  article by the investigative journalist Ronan Farrow in which six women accused Mr. Moonves of sexual harassment. On Sunday, the magazine published another article by Mr. Farrow in which six more women detailed claims against Mr. Moonves.
Mr. Moonves is the latest high-powered entertainment figure to be ousted from his perch in the #MeToo era. The movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused by scores of women of sexual assault and now faces felony charges. Matt Lauer stepped down as the anchor of NBC’s most valuable news program, “Today,” after several women alleged incidents of sexual harassment. Charlie Rose of CBS and PBS left the airwaves after he, too, was implicated by multiple women. And Fox News saw the departures of the founding executive Roger Ailes and its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly. All of those men have denied any nonconsensual sexual activity.


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Many of the men who have been toppled spent years determining what TV shows, movies and news programs millions of Americans watched on a daily basis. The allegations go back years — in some cases even decades. And the wave of scandals is a stark reminder of how male-dominated the entertainment and news industries remain, especially in their upper ranks.
When the most recent television season ended in May, CBS was the nation’s most-watched network for the 10th consecutive year — an accomplishment that had made Mr. Moonves one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. Now his departure has helped cast the future fortunes of the company in doubt.
For several weeks, Mr. Moonves has been grappling with two separate but equally fateful issues while negotiating a settlement with CBS Corporation’s board of directors on his exit. In addition to the multiple harassment allegations against him, Mr. Moonves has been involved in a protracted legal fight with the company’s controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone. All parties have now agreed to dismiss the lawsuit. The company also announced that it was adding six members to its board. The new slate of directors adds three women to the 12-member board, raising the number of female members to six.


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The talks included a potential payout to Mr. Moonves that could have been as much as $280 million, according to one of the people briefed on the matter, before board members negotiated that down to more than $120 million. But a security filing from April states that the company would not have to pay Mr. Moonves if the board fired him for cause, such as violating company policies regarding sexual harassment.
The size of the payout had been a source of contention in the negotiations, according to three people familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private bargaining agreement.
That Mr. Moonves could receive any money for stepping away from CBS in the wake of the allegations outraged many in the entertainment industry and in the #MeToo movement.
“It’s completely disgusting,” one of the accusers, Jessica Pallingston, told The New Yorker about the reports of Mr. Moonves’s potential exit package, which had been reported last week to total more than $100 million. “He should take all that money and give it to an organization that helps survivors of sexual abuse.”
The pace of the board’s deliberations accelerated after Mr. Farrow contacted the board last week regarding his latest article, according to one of the people familiar with the negotiations.
The incidents described in the two articles went back to the 1980s and brought the number of women now accusing Mr. Moonves of harassment to 12.
The women claim that Mr. Moonves, 68, had forced himself on them and in some cases retaliated professionally after some declined his advances. One woman, a veteran television executive named Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department last year, according to The New Yorker. She said Mr. Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him and, in another instance, had “violently” thrown her against a wall.


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Ms. Golden-Gottlieb described encounters as having occurred nearly 40 years ago when Mr. Moonves was the leading executive at Lorimar Television. But other women in the article detailed harassment that they said happened while Mr. Moonves was at CBS. Mr. Moonves joined the network in 1995 and became chief executive of the company in 2003.
Mr. Moonves didn’t respond to requests for comment from The New York Times on Sunday, but told The New Yorker, “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue.” He admitted to "consensual relations” with three of the women.
“In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations,” Mr. Moonves continued. “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.”
Public reaction to the latest allegations against Mr. Moonves was swift. Rachel Bloom, the star and co-creator of “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” which airs on the CW, a network jointly owned by CBS and Warner Media, said on Twitter after The New Yorker article was published that Mr. Moonves should be fired without receiving any money, adding an expletive.
“The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes,” she wrote.
Reports of Mr. Moonves’s possible payout also spurred outrage among advocacy groups. “These allegations speak to a culture of toxicity at CBS,” a statement from the group Time’s Up said before the announcement that Mr. Moonves was departing.
Mr. Moonves, who grew up on Long Island, got his start in show business as an actor and often played the bad guy in series like “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “Cannon.” But by 1977, he all but quit the profession, and moved behind the camera. Mr. Moonves got his first break when Saul Ilson, the producer of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” tapped him to become a development executive.

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After working at Lorimar — which produced shows like “Dallas” and “Full House” — Mr. Moonves eventually became the head of Warner Bros. television unit, where he enjoyed one of the most successful runs in TV history. By the time Mr. Moonves left Warner Bros. to lead CBS Entertainment in 1995, he had a record-breaking 22 series on the air, including megahits like “ER” and “Friends.”
At that time, CBS was last in the ratings and catered to an older audience that enjoyed series like “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Touched by an Angel.” Mr. Moonves finally turned things around for good in 2000, when “Survivor” and “C.S.I.” debuted within a few months of each other. “Survivor” would become one of the most successful reality shows in television history, and “C.S.I.” would run for 15 seasons and served as a launching pad for several successful spinoffs. Hit after hit started to appear on CBS, from “NCIS” to “The Big Bang Theory.”
Mr. Moonves has drawn an annual pay package worth $69.3 million. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Moonves’s total compensation, including salary and stock awards, totaled more than $1 billion, according to Equilar, a research firm that gathers data on executive pay.
Shortly after the first New Yorker article was published, the CBS board enlisted two law firms to lead an inquiry into the claims against Mr. Moonves and the wider workplace culture at the network. The board soon after folded a separate examination of CBS News — underway since March — into the larger investigation.
The board hired Nancy Kestenbaum of Covington & Burling and Mary Jo White of Debevoise & Plimpton to conduct the inquiry. Ms. White led the Securities and Exchange Commission during the Obama administration and was previously the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Kestenbaum was also a federal prosecutor with the same district. The investigation into CBS News is also being overseen by the two law firms.
In addition to the harassment allegations against him, Mr. Moonves was involved in a legal dispute with Ms. Redstone, the controlling shareholder of CBS, who had been pushing for a merger with Viacom, the once-lofty cable network behind MTV and Nickelodeon that she also controls.
The settlement with Mr. Moonves and the CBS board includes delaying for two years any push by Ms. Redstone for a possible merger. The board of CBS, however, could still examine any possible transaction, including a Viacom merger, independently of Ms. Redstone.
The six new members of the board, announced on Sunday, are Candace Beinecke, Barbara Byrne, Brian Goldner, Richard D. Parsons, Susan Schuman and Strauss Zelnick.


John Koblin contributed reporting.
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 10 Sep 2018, 18:51

How disheartening is it for George that two friends of his ... Moonves and Charlie Rose have been involved in multiple sexual harassment allegations.  Geez who’s next?
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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 11 Sep 2018, 00:17

Just as long as it isn't George!
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Post by fava on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 23:36

More on Moonves and his power to derail careers--which he was apparently happy to do.

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 23:57

Pretty ugly portrait Thomason paints of Moonves.  What a total creep he is.  He’s been in the business for years but one has to wonder how much of this obscene and  misogynistic behavior was known about inside the industry.  

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Post by What Would He Say on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 00:29

Crickey O’Riely @ lizzy....No! Not George too....he is just too damn trusting....

GC is like my big puppy....he loves everyone.....goes on face value....woof woof.....
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 03:03

WTF is up with these pervy criminals masturbating in front of the women they assault? Do they have club meetings to learn that shit? Brochures? PowerPoint presentations with handouts?

I think George's issues with his male sex offender industry friends is that everybody tries to act like somebody George Clooney would like when they're around him.

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 03:25

You know what pisses me off, besides these predators physically abusing many, many women over many, many years and getting away with it?

That men like this had a hold of our cultural evolution. Determining who could be seen and heard. Moonves killed the career of a prolific writer and producer while she was in her prime. There's no telling the brilliance that could have come out of that woman. And, BTW, show me the man with two highly rated and critically acclaimed shows on the air at the same time, that Moonves would tell to go fuck himself. He'd never do it.

Matt Lauer interviewed candidate Hillary Clinton like she was asking for parole. Donald tRump...? If Lauer were a puppy, he'd have been licking DJT's orange face. Those things matter. How does a serial assaulter get to make the most credentialed candidate in the history of Presidential politics look bad?

Think of the artistic void left by Bloodworth-Thomason's destruction. I'm betting there are a lot more like her. And then think of the contribution to the sexist pile-on of Clinton, and the shitshow result we're living with.

It's not just sexual assault. It's cultural assault. And there's no penalty for that.

It. Pisses me. Off.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 04:04

Way2Old - I have to wonder if all this sick sexual dominance thing isn't part of a survival-of-the-fittest competition hardwired into the male psyche. They constantly compare their conquests and prowess, not to mention organ size. Even George isn't immune. He was showing Jimmy Kimmel a nude picture of Alexander and couldn't have been prouder of the size of the kid's penis. That seems to have a special meaning to guys. I doubt that Amal is that concerned about it.
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Post by What Would He Say on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 07:13

I saw an interview with Clinton where she said one of the pivotal mistakes she made was during the debate.... remember when Trump was breathing down her neck... she said in hindsight she should have turned around and shouted “Back Off!!!”.....

Isn’t that EXACTLY what this is all about... as a species women over think. We want to “please” be liked, don’t like to cause a scene not look emotional.....

All this HashtagMeToo malarkey is just playing into the The Little Woman theme ..... HashtagBackOff....

HashtagIToldHimGFH.... HastagIKneedHimInTheNuts.....
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Post by LornaDoone on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 01:05

HashtagKneedHimInTheNuts LMAO!

One good thing:

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I got really pissed when I read what happened to her.  At the end, all I could say was "Good riddance Moonves"
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 01:19

I know women are supposed to support other women blah blah blah, but I'm hoping Julie Chen All-of-a-sudden-Moonves returns to her talk show long enough to be force-fed a huge fucking portion of crow.

This is the same woman who voiced her disgust with Camille Cosby for staying with her husband. Who praised Weinstein's wife for leaving him. Now she's sticking with this predator and acting self-righteous about it.

BTW, anyone who doesn't know her history should check it out. She was a news reader, a very bad one, at CBS. Got a ton of plastic surgery so she'd look less Chinese(eyes widened, nose job,etc), which is when STILL-MARRIED Les Moonves noticed her. So they dated, then married, while she was sleeping with the boss, but getting poor to lackluster work performance reviews, and she winds up with TWO SHOWS on CBS. What. The. Fuck. 

Google 'Julie Chen before & after surgery.'

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Post by LornaDoone on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 01:28

Way2Old4Dis wrote:I know women are supposed to support other women blah blah blah, but I'm hoping Julie Chen All-of-a-sudden-Moonves returns to her talk show long enough to be force-fed a huge fucking portion of crow.

This is the same woman who voiced her disgust with Camille Cosby for staying with her husband. Who praised Weinstein's wife for leaving him. Now she's sticking with this predator and acting self-righteous about it.

BTW, anyone who doesn't know her history should check it out. She was a news reader, a very bad one, at CBS. Got a ton of plastic surgery so she'd look less Chinese(eyes widened, nose job,etc), which is when STILL-MARRIED Les Moonves noticed her. So they dated, then married, while she was sleeping with the boss, but getting poor to lackluster work performance reviews, and she winds up with TWO SHOWS on CBS. What. The. Fuck. 

Google 'Julie Chen before & after surgery.'

I agree with you.  I did know her history.

One has to wonder if she'll have any shows when all is done when the shakeup happens at CBS.
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Post by ladybugcngc on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 15:39

By Andrea Park CBS News September 18, 2018, 4:47 PM

Julie Chen officially exits "The Talk"



Julie Chen has officially left "The Talk" after eight years. The TV personality and wife of former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, who left the company on Sept. 9 after multiple sexual assault allegations, announced her departure in a video shown on Tuesday's episode of the daytime talk show.
Chen got emotional in her pre-taped statement. She had been with the show since it launched in 2010, but said she needs to leave to spend time with her family.
"I have been at 'The Talk' since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast, crew and staff have become family to me over the years," Chen said. "But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I've decided to leave 'The Talk.' I want to thank everyone at the show for our wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. To everyone behind the scenes … I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much."
She gave thanks to each of her "Talk" co-hosts as well in the two-and-a-half-minute statement.
To Eve, she said, "You're the newest one at the table, but I feel like I've known you forever. You are even more beautiful on the inside than you are on the outside, if that's even possible, because you know I think you are flawless."
Chen thanked Sheryl Underwood for being her "go-to partner." She said, "Your wit and timing and humor and compassion and intelligence is simply unparalleled."
To Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne, who started "The Talk" with her, she said, "I've spent every day with you both. I will always treasure our friendship, the great parenting advice from both of you and the memories and laughs and all the private jokes that the three of us have shared. We are the original Three Musketeers. I love you all, and I know that this show, and the sisterhood that it stands for, will live on for many, many, many more years to come. You ladies got this, and I cannot be more proud to call you my friends. I love you."



 

CBS released a statement about Chen's departure: "For eight seasons, Julie Chen has co-hosted 'The Talk' with incredible energy, grace and professionalism. Her talents played a big role in our successful launch of CBS' first network daytime talk show, and in the series growth into an Emmy Award-winning broadcast. All of us here have tremendous appreciation for the dedication and passion she brought to the show every day and for her generous role as an ambassador for CBS Daytime. We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision and wish Julie all the best in everything she does."
Last week on "The Talk," Chen's co-hosts said they supported her but that Moonves' accusers' stories needed to be heard.
"Whatever times I've had of hardship over the last eight years, Julie has always been there for me," said Osbourne. "She's been a friend. She's been somebody I admire and respect greatly and it's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about her husband, but we do ... Now after seven more women have come out, the stories are so similar, the pattern is so similar, that for me, it's not being convicted of any crime, but obviously the man has a problem and I'd like to say, Mr. Moonves should step down, and Mr. Moonves is an extremely wealthy man and good luck to him."
Gilbert said, "Julie is our friend. This is our ninth season and we've been together since the beginning. I love her. I support her always. However, this is an important time in our culture, and just because this hits close to home, it doesn't change the story. All women's stories matter and these women's stories matter. This is very serious and the appropriate actions need to take place and so I am happy women are heard, because for a long time they haven't been."
Last week, Chen appeared to show support for her husband when she signed off on "Big Brother," saying "I'm Julie Chen Moonves." Chen's husband has been accused of forced kissing, forced oral sex, unwanted advances and physical abuse, accusations he has denied. Several women told Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker that Moonves retaliated against them and that their careers suffered after they rebuffed his advances.
In July, following the initial allegations against Moonves in The New Yorker, Chen issued a statement on Twitter. She called it the "one and only statement" she would give about the issue.
"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," she said. "He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement."
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 16:44

Buh-bye, hypocrite.

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