In a report scheduled to come out later Friday, journalist Ronan Farrow will reportedly reveal multiple accusation of sexual misconduct against CBS CEO Leslie “Les” Moonves.
Who is Les Moonves?
Moonves, 68, started his career as an actor, with appearances in a handful of shows from the '70s and '80s, including an episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man."
He joined the CBS leadership in 1995, where he and his team developed a series of successful shows including “Friends,” “ER,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” In 2006, Viacom spun off CBS Corporation as its own publicly traded entity, and Moonves became its president and CEO.
Moonves has been married to CBS personality Julie Chen since 2004.
What does the report say?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the report, which will be published in The New Yorker, will detail allegations that Moonves was guilty of unwanted kissing and touching.
The report was written by Farrow, the former MSNBC host who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story about Harvey Weinstein using his position as a powerful Hollywood producer to allegedly sexually assault several women.
CBS said in a statement:
All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's 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 timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company's very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members. Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners.
This comes as Moonves is locked in a legal battle with Shari Redstone, a billionaire heiress and media executive who wants to remerge Viacom and CBS, since she owns a controlling share in both companies. The move would lessen the amount of control that Moonves has over the company.
In the lawsuit, Moonves and CBS said that the merger “is not in the best interests of CBS stockholders.”