Merely hours after experiences of six extra ladies claiming Leslie Moonves sexually harassed or assaulted them got here out, the latter stepped down as chairman and CEO of CBS Cooperation on Sunday.
Initially, six ladies had accused Moonves of the identical in July this 12 months. CBS mentioned his monetary exit bundle can be withheld pending the outcomes of the continuing investigation towards him.
In response to an employment contract he signed in Might 2017, Moonves was eligible for as a lot as $180 million if he was fired with out a trigger, CBS mentioned, including, in response to latest experiences, he was eligible for a possible payout of about $100 million.
Jessica Pallingston, his assistant throughout the 1990s who accused Moonves of forcing her to carry out oral intercourse on him, referred to as his payout “utterly disgusting.”
“He ought to take all that cash and provides it to a corporation that helps survivors of sexual abuse,” she mentioned.
Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace, the CBS board of directors said in a statement.
The latest claim accused Moonves of unwanted sexual advances, intimidation, and retaliation, the New York Times reported.
According to the report, the women claimed Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him and exposed himself to them without their consent. Some said he physically intimidated them and retaliated by damaging their careers when they rejected his advances.
A named accuser in the report, television executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, accused Moonves of “physically restraining her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, and of exposing himself to her and violently throwing her against a wall in later incidents,” when they were working together in the 1980s.
“Every two days, he’d find a darker space or a place downstairs,” she said, adding if she refused he retaliated against her. “He absolutely ruined my career.”
Law officials told the New Yorker although her claims had been credible and constant for the reason that statutes of limitations for the crimes expired, prosecutors won’t pursue costs towards Moonves.
Moonves referred to as three allegations as consensual encounters in a press release, which mentioned, “The appalling accusations on this article are unfaithful. What’s true is that I had consensual relations with three of the ladies some 25 years in the past earlier than I got here to CBS. And I’ve by no means used my place to hinder the development or careers of girls. In my 40 years of labor, I’ve by no means earlier than heard of such disturbing accusations. I can solely surmise they’re surfacing now for the primary time, a long time later, as a part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my identify, my repute, and my profession. Anybody who is aware of me is aware of that the particular person described on this article shouldn’t be me.”
“CBS takes these allegations very severely. Our Board of Administrators is conducting a radical investigation of those issues, which is ongoing,” CBS informed Enterprise Insider once they tried to achieve out for remark.
The long-standing authorized battle between CBS and Nationwide Amusements Inc. (NAI) over management of the corporate was additionally settled shortly after Moonves stepped down.
Joe Ianniello, CBS chief working officer, was named interim CEO, and 6 new members had been added to the 14-member board.
“CBS is a corporation of proficient and devoted individuals who have created one of the profitable media corporations on the earth,” Shari Redstone, CBS vice chair and president of NAI, mentioned. “Right this moment’s decision will profit all shareholders, permitting us to give attention to the enterprise of operating CBS – and remodeling it for the long run. We’re assured in Joe’s skill to function appearing CEO and delighted to welcome our new administrators, who carry beneficial and numerous experience and a robust dedication to company governance.”