CBS Executive Leslie Moonves Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

It looks to be that CBS CEO Chairman, Leslie Moonves, has some explaining to do. Moonves, 68, has been accused by 6 different women to have engaged in sexual misconduct starting back in the 80’s. The women claim that he used his power to derail their careers after they refused him.

But just who is Leslie Moonves.

Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America. As the chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Corporation, he oversees shows ranging from “60 Minutes” to “The Big Bang Theory.” His portfolio includes the premium cable channel Showtime, the publishing house Simon & Schuster, and a streaming service, CBS All Access. Moonves, who is sixty-eight, has a reputation for canny hiring and project selection. The Wall Street Journal recently called him a “TV programming wizard”; the Hollywood Reporter dubbed him a “Wall Street Hero.” In the tumultuous field of network television, he has enjoyed rare longevity as a leader. Last year, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he earned nearly seventy million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid corporate executives in the world.”

What is looking to be ironic, Moonves recently had a role in the #metoo movement, where he was an outspoken advocate that came up with preventive programs.

In December, he helped found the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which is chaired by Anita Hill. “It’s a watershed moment,” Moonves said at a conference in November. “I think it’s important that a company’s culture will not allow for this. And that’s the thing that’s far-reaching. There’s a lot we’re learning. There’s a lot we didn’t know.”

The Allegations. 

Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them. Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances and that they believed their careers suffered as a result.”

“What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” the actress and writer Illeana Douglas told me.

“All the women said they still feared that speaking out would lead to retaliation from Moonves, who is known in the industry for his ability to make or break careers.”

“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. “And it’s just not O.K.”

In the Allegations, Leslie Moonves is accused of getting the women alone and then forcibly kissing them. In some cases, he didn’t get as far, but generally after he allegedly intimidates the women and they find themselves struggling to get work or losing their positions at CBS.

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In a statement, Moonves said, “Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our company. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected—and abided by the principle—that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career. This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution.”

CBS made a statement in regards to the Allegations.

“The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Companies clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.”

The allegations make it seem that Leslie Moonves was abusing his power and destroying the career of women that had the strength to say “no,” even if it meant career suicide. If it all turns out to be true then he should be forced to share some of his attained wealth. He killed careers because he couldn’t keep it in his pants despite having a family at home.

Read On about the Allegations Here.