CBS to Investigate Les Moonves Sexual Misconduct Allegations
CBS Corporation Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves has been accused of sexual misconduct, according to an upcoming exposé by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker magazine.
The network's board was quick to react with a statement regarding workplace misconduct, but didn't name Moonves specifically.
"The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action," the statement revealed.
In the #MeToo era, following the Harvey Weinstein assault allegations last fall, networks have found they have to act quickly and decisively to similar charges, and in various ways.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 68-year-old TV titan has been accused of "unwanted kissing and touching that occurred more than 20 years ago, as well as numerous claims that occurred more recently."
Moonves joined CBS in 1995 and has been married to TV personality Julie Chen since 2004.
In November 2017, CBS fired longtime anchor Charlie Rose after multiple women came forward accusing him of sexual harassment and misconduct.