In November, CBS News sacked Charlie Rose, at the time one of America's most respected TV journalists, after eight women told The Washington Post he had made unwanted sexual advances. "He has gotten away with it for decades", the writer Janet Jones, who alleges that she had to shove Moonves off her after he forcibly kissed her at a work meeting, told me. Moonves released her and, without looking at her, walked away.
CBS has been involved in a legal dispute between the board of CBS Corp and its controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc, owned by the Redstone family, which wants to merge it with Viacom Inc. It took issue in a statement with the New Yorker article, however, for not accurately representing "a larger organization that does its best to treat its tens of thousands of employees with dignity and respect". It's unclear what impact Farrow's investigation into Moonves and CBS will have on the negotiations, but it's probably not good. "I'm warning you. I will ruin your career. I fully support my husband and stand behind him".
Ileana Douglas, who starred in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear and Goodfellas and later won an Emmy for Six Feet Under, describes Moonves grabbing her and violently kissing her during a business meeting in 1997.
The two Wednesday less than two weeks after he finalised his divorce from Nancy Wiesenfeld, to whom he had been married since 1978, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In its statement Friday, the CBS board said that it will "continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners". He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being.
Moonves, 68, has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, and helped establish the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. While CBS's stock took a hit, Viacom's rose sharply as investors anticipated that a combination of CBS and Viacom could become more likely should Moonves be forced out.
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One CBS exec described the attitude inside the company as news of the allegations broke as "sanguine", and tied Farrow's story to the flood of misconduct allegations that have engulfed the entertainment industry since the publication a year ago of sexual-assault claims against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein. Before joining CBS, he was president of Warner Bros. Subsequent reporting raised questions about the response to those allegations by managers at CBS.
Members of the CBS board of directors say they will take the allegations seriously.