Les Moonves Faces New Sexual Assault Allegations, Leaving CBS


Time's Up cautioned CBS today that "the world is watching" as the network determines what's next for CEO Les Moonves following today's latest New Yorker revelations about sexual harassment.

The magazine on Sunday reported the on-the-record accounts of six women alleging that Moonves assaulted and harassed them, including by forcing oral sex, exposing himself without their consent, being physically violent and otherwise retaliating against them professionally when they rebuffed his advances. "I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women", Moonves said.

"The amount of money he will receive ... is somehow contingent on the finishing or the full airing of the CBS internal investigation into the sexual harassment allegations that were profiled in The New Yorker today and in the past article", FOX Business' Charlie Gasparino told Fox News on Sunday.

CBS is set to announce Moonves' departure by Monday, CNN and Variey reported Sunday. This week, multiple news outlets reported that Moonves was negotiating a possible exit with independent directors of CBS' board. A spokesman for the board did not immediately return requests for comment.

A new report from The New Yorker on Sunday detailed accusations of sexual harassment and assault from six additional women against Moonves.

Not that CBS is likely to act on Moonves' version of events.

Despite what police sources told The New Yorker was credible evidence, the statute of limitations for the alleged crimes had expired and prosecutors did not pursue the charges.

She claims the incidents took place in the 1980s when she was a highly placed entertainment industry executive but still, she has written, subservient to the men in positions of power.

Moonves for his part denies the allegations, according to Fox News.

One accuser, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, filed a criminal complaint with the LAPD a year ago, the New Yorker reported, detailing allegations of physical violence and forced oral sex by Moonves, which unnamed law enforcement sources told the magazine were credible, though the relevant statutes of limitations had already expired. Numerous women have accused Moonves of seeking to destroy their careers after they rebuffed his advances.

CNBC reported in early September that the CBS board would offer Moonves a roughly $100 million exit package consisting almost entirely of CBS stock. "You sort of black out", she said at the time.

In a letter to the New Yorker, Moonves called the accusations untrue and claimed three of the encounters were consensual, though he didn't specify which.

The L.A. Times said CBS' board will wait until the conclusion of an investigation into allegations of misconduct. "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations", Moonves said. "The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes".