Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

CBS' Les Moonves steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

CBS' Les Moonves steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

"This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women", O'Donnell said.

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Moonves had seemed bulletproof as of just six weeks ago, regarded as one of the entertainment world's most sterling executives.

CBS chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will take over for Moonves as president and CEO until the company's board of directors can find a permanent replacement. But with Moonves' departure, CBS announced that it was dropping its lawsuit against National Amusements in return for National Amusements confirming it would not seek a merger between the companies for the next two years.

In later incidents, Golden-Gottlieb says Moonves left his office and returned not wearing trousers and that he threw her against a wall. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result.

Moonves stepped down late Sunday following a story posted by The New Yorker that included a second round of ugly sexual misconduct accusations against the powerful television executive.

In a Sunday statement, Moonves said on Sunday that the claims against him are "untrue allegations from decades ago", and are "not consistent with who I am".

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"For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS's renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company", Moonves said in a statement.

He continued: "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. 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", he said. He admitted to "consensual relations" with three of the women.

There has been a lot of news regarding the host of Big Brother, Julie Chen and her husband of 14 years, Leslie Moonves.

CBS immediately launched an investigation into the allegations, which Moonves also previously denied.

However, CBS said the company and Mr Moonves would donate $US20 million ($NZ30.6 million) to groups supporting the #MeToo movement.

American TV network CBS says longtime CEO Les Moonves has resigned, just hours after more sexual harassment allegations involving the network's longtime leader surfaced.

But Sunday evening's announcement specified that any severance "will depend upon the results" of the ongoing internal investigations into his behavior. But if the board finds that the company is not entitled to dismiss Moonves for those reasons, Mooves would receive the $120 million in the trust's assets. This is very series, and the appropriate actions need to take place.

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On Monday, O'Donnell reiterated the comments she'd made about Rose in November. "I haven't talked about this before because when you think about".

Almost a year after the #MeToo movement began, it has felled one of the media industry's most powerful executives.

Co-host Eve said, "I support Julie and I'm praying for her and praying for her family". "It is systemic and it is pervasive in our culture".

The donation to organisations fighting for "equality for women in the workplace" would be deducted from the severance benefits, it said. "But I always understood and respected. that "no" means "no".

"The best part of this journey has been working alongside the dedicated and talented people in this company", he said.

"I've now come to care for every woman at this table and this is ridiculously hard", added Eve.

The company has hired outside lawyers to investigate the claims.

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She went on to say she can't wait for the day where "women are equal, where these stories won't have to happen anymore".

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