Leslie Moonves, chairman and CEO of the CBS Corporation, has been accused of sexual harassment, according to journalist Ronan Farrow, whose reporting on sexual misconduct past year helped launch the Me Too movement.
The allegations are said in part to involve instances of unwanted kissing and touching that occurred more than 20 years ago, as well as numerous claims that occurred more recently.
The CEO of CBS is being accused of sexual misconduct. and the network says it's investigating and the allegations are being taken seriously. Last year, Farrow broke the story on the allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually abused women for decades.
Moonves has been very well compensated for his company's success.
An additional 27 women came forward with claims against him, including 14 from CBS News.
The magazine reports that Douglas tried to turn the focus back to work, but that Moonves grabbed her.
It was not clear when exactly the New Yorker would publish its story or what its contents would be. Today the portion of the board which is backing Moonves vowed to take any accusations of misconduct seriously.
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The search warrant needed for the raid had been issued thanks to a referral from the head of "Russiagate" probe, Robert S. But the agreement meant that McDougal signed a non-disclosure agreement that prevented her from revealing the affair.
CBS fired longtime journalist and CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose in November 2017 after The Washington Post reported eight women accused him of sexual misconduct - and that CBS managers allegedly knew about it as far back at 1986 (Moonves was not working there at the time).
Reuters could not immediately reach Moonves for a comment.
Without Moonves at the helm, CBS' fortunes are uncertain.
CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday before the New Yorker article was published.
In December, Moonves was one of two dozen high-profile entertainment executives tapped to create and fund a commission against sexual harassment in Hollywood.
CBS resisted a deal, and later took Shari Redstone to court to dilute her controlling stake in the company. He is now embroiled in a fight with Shari Redstone of Viacom Corp., which is trying to merge with CBS.
"A spokeswoman for National Amusements Inc said, "(Shari) Redstone hopes that the investigation of these allegations is thorough, open and transparent".