CBS’s Handling of Les Moonves Accusations Hampered by Battle for Control

CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves expected to resign after new sex harassment allegations

In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves said he had consensual sexual relations with three of the women. As part of the exit agreement, both CBS and Moonves will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement. Some of the women say Moonves retaliated against them and that their careers suffered after they rebuffed his advances.

Moonves said in a statement late on Sunday that "untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am".

Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, 82, is among the women whose fresh claims against Moonves led to his resignation as CEO of CBS on Sunday. This has hurt morale, but there are some really, really good people that come to work every single day. Effective immediately I will no longer be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS.

Moonves kept a relatively low profile in August, but remained in charge of the broadcasting behemoth.

Osbourne said she was asked to make a statement in support of Moonves after six women accused him of sexual misconduct last month - but with six more women speaking out in a story published Sunday, it's clear to her he has "a problem".

The board had been in the process of a potential exit package for Moonves - worth anywhere from $100 million to $150 million, according to reports.

CBS announced on Sunday evening that the embattled executive would step down on Monday, following another weekend write-up from journalist Ronan Farrow.

Other women described Moonves exposing himself, groping them, and leading a network where a sexist culture reigned. "I know nothing about the man other than he's Julie's husband and he was the head of the biggest network in the world and the most powerful man in TV".

Moonves had denied the earlier accusations.

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"We've seen a great outpouring of people looking for help", says Sharyn Tejani, director of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.

"The tech companies are replacing these legacy media companies", he said.

"He absolutely ruined my career", she told the New Yorker.

On Monday's show, Osbourne addressed a statement she'd tweeted in July that suggested the accusations against Moonves were simply "an attempt to discredit" him.

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

He continued: "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations". He reiterated that he never abused his power and said he can only surmise that the allegations "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". She's been a friend, she's somebody who I admire and respect greatly.

Redstone's allies will point to her position as controlling shareholder; accuse Moonves of plotting a jailbreak attempt; and cite the misconduct allegations.

With regard to National Amusements Inc (NAI), the CBS board voted to rescind a previously announced special share dividend, which would have lowered National Amusements' 80% controlling stake in the media company.

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