The independent directors of CBS are investigating allegations of personal misconduct against Chief Executive Les Moonves. The probe comes as the Hollywood Reporter says “The New Yorker” is set to publish an article focusing on Moonves’ behavior which the Hollywood Reporter says will include claims of unwanted kissing and touching. The allegations go back at least 20 years, as well as more recent ones.
Reporter Ronan Farrow is the same writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing sexual misconduct allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. He is said to have been researching Moonves for months.
The independent directors released a statement saying that following its investigation: “the board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.”
And, “The timing of this report comes in the midst of the company’s very public legal dispute,” referencing litigation between Moonves and CBS’s main shareholder, Shari Redstone. The two have been battling for months over control of the company.
Moonves has been CEO for 15 years and is married to CBS personality Julie Chen. These allegations come just months following the firing of CBS anchor Charlie Rose, after allegations of years of misconduct. With the latest accusations reaching the very top of the CBS Corporation, the company reiterated that all allegations of this nature are to be taken seriously.