CBS boss Leslie Moonves resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

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

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

Moonves had opposed efforts by NAI, which is owned by Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone, to merge CBS with Viacom Inc (VIAB.O), another company they own.

As she wrapped up, she implored of her co-hosts, "Anybody else got anything to say?" "We believe them", Times' Up said in a statement on Sunday.

"He took my whole career", Golden-Gottlieb, now 82, said on "GMA".

Hours before his resignation the New Yorker magazine reported sexual misconduct allegations from six additional women against Moonves, who was already under investigation for similar allegations made by six others.

CBS chief Les Moonves has resigned after six more women accused the long-time television executive of sexual misconduct.

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue".

"As I understand the allegations, and he denies them, but as I understand them, they allege that he used his corporate authority to badger and in some cases to force women to touch his body and in a way that they didn't want to", he said. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. "It's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie's] husband, but... we feel it's right", said Osbourne, who noted that she herself only knew the TV titan "in a superficial way". "Moonves declined to specify which three encounters he considered consensual". "As you all know, Julie's husband is in the news and she's taking off time to be with her family".

Six more women have made bone-chilling allegations of abuse, harassment and retaliation against Les Moonves. The network announced Sunday that he and the network will donate $20 million to the Me Too movement.

If Moonves were to be fired without cause, he could receive upwards of $170 million in a severance package.

By then, Moonves and the CBS board had mutually agreed that he should step down.

But Sunday evening's announcement specified that any severance "will depend upon the results" of the ongoing internal investigations into his behavior. Speculation about Moonves' departure swirled last week with news reports that the executive was in negotiations to leave with a potential payout of $100 million, an amount that drew criticism from #MeToo advocates and others.

The CBS Board has said it takes those claims very seriously and hired two law firms to investigate. "It is systematic, and it is pervasive in our culture", O'Donnell said.

The filing follows a whirlwind few weeks for the company and for Moonves, a media titan who has always been one of the most highly compensated CEOs in America and had worked at CBS for more than two decades. "I can't stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe to even their careers".

"Women can not achieve equality in the workplace or society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility", O'Donnell said. This has hurt morale, but there are some really, really good people that come to work every single day.

"I've now come to care for every woman at this table and this is ridiculously hard", added Eve. She said she did so in a way that she thought was "as diplomatic as I could be". "Do better with your life and never come back to this day, ever again". "It still stays with her. And so I couldn't agree more with what you said".

Reached by telephone, one of the women, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, referred questions to a lawyer, Gloria Allred, who did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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