The Time's Up movement, Rachel Bloom, and Kathy Griffin are among the prominent voices calling out CBS chief Leslie Moonves and the network itself in the wake of six more women accusing Moonves of sexual assault or harassment, as reported Sunday in The New Yorker.
The New Yorker magazine reported the women's new accusations, which included Moonves forcing them to perform oral sex and retaliating when advances were turned away. "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue", the executive said, adding that he has "never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women".
The CBS board of directors announced in response to the first New Yorker story that it had tasked two outside law firms with investigating the allegations against Moonves, as well as "CBS News and cultural issues at all levels of CBS".
CBS CEO Les Moonves will step down on Monday amid more allegations of sexual harassment, FOX Business has confirmed.
Reuters reported Sunday that "Moonves could end up with nothing", and that as part of its settlement with National Amusements, "CBS will donate a portion to an unnamed charity and reserved the right to claw back the rest of a severance package" depending on the confirmation of the allegations against Moonves.
News of his imminent departure comes the same day that six additional women lodged accusations against the longtime CBS executive in a New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow. Despite the charges, Moonves remained in charge while CBS, where he's been for 23 years, launched an in-house investigation.
One of the women, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, reported her accusations to Los Angeles police past year, but they weren't pursued because of the statute of limitations. The new allegations have made it untenable for Moonves to continue in his post, though it remains unclear whether he will be fired or allowed to resign.
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She said that Moonves, while an executive at the Lorimar production studio in the late 1980s, pushed her head into his lap and forced her to perform oral sex.
Moonves, in a statement to the New Yorker, acknowledged three of the encounters while maintaining that they were consensual. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations.
Time's Up, an organization aimed at combating sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace, released a statement Sunday urging "full transparency" from CBS on the findings of an independent investigation commissioned by the board. "The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes".
Some say he damaged their careers when they rebuffed him.
The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof wrote that if the allegations against Moonves are true, "he belonged in jail, not board rooms" and "it's also horrifying that he may leave CBS with a payout of $100 million".
In a statement, CBS cited the ongoing investigation.