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CBS' Les Moonves steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

CBS' Les Moonves steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

CBS said Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to "one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace", according to a company statement.

Moonves again denied the allegations in a statement issued late Sunday night.

Greenfield said he believed Ianniello will be out by the year's end and will be replaced with an outside executive as part of a network "house cleaning". CEO Les Moonves of sexual impropriety said Monday "he took my whole career". His interim replacement will be chief operating officer Joseph Ianniello. The chairman position will remain open until the company names a permanent CEO.

CBS had been investigating Mr Moonves since allegations appeared in the New Yorker in July - and fresh accusations from six more women have appeared.

As that investigation progressed it was widely reported that Moonves would leave the network shortly and was negotiating a severance package.

With settlement talks already underway, Farrow published a followup story on Sunday. Much of Moonves' tenure at CBS has been marked by a power struggle with Redstone over her plan to merge CBS and Viacom.

The six new incidents took place between the 1980s and 2000s and include an accusation by Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, a longtime TV executive who worked with Moonves in the 1980s.

"As you all know, Julie's husband is in the news and she'd taking off time to be with her family", Osbourne said. "I care about, as Mr. Moonves would say, 'The little people, '" she said.

In July, actress Ileanna Douglas told Farrow that Moonves had pinned her arms down and forcibly kissed her during a business meeting, and fired her after she refused to participate.

Following the New Yorker report in August, Moonves said he regretted "immensely" making some women uncomfortable by making advances, but added that he abided by the principle that "no" means 'no, ' and stated he had never misused his position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

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Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told reporters last month that the environment is safe for women.

Moonves acknowledged three of the new allegations but claimed they were all consensual. "It really broke my heart and I don't care whether it was yesterday, 20 or 30 years ago, but somebody that breaks somebody's life like that has to be accountable", she said. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. We feel it's right and I personally know Les Moonves in a superficial way.

A statement posted on CBS's website says Moonves' resignation is effective immediately.

Per the New Yorker, "Several of the women expressed outrage that Moonves might be enriched by his departure from the company".

Former CBS chief Les Moonves banned Janet and Justin from the 2004 Grammy broadcast, but according toThe Daily Mail, Justin was allowed to hit the stage since he made a tearful apology. But it is far from a solution.

The donation, which will be made immediately, will come out of any severance that Moonves, one of the media world's highest paid CEOs, might eventually be given.

Moonves' allies will surely cast his exit as a corporate coup - a successful effort by Redstone to gain a tighter grip on CBS. He proceeded to move her into smaller and smaller offices in an effort to make her job more hard. As a result of Farrow's article, more women are coming out of the woodwork to share their experiences of harassment, intimidation, and assault at the hands of the executive.

"There is no excuse for this alleged behavior". "It is systemic and it is pervasive in our culture". "I haven't talked about this before because when you think about".

She then spoke about feeling concerned for how the "new regime" to step in will affect the show, it's crew and producers.


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