Les Moonves resigns as CEO of CBS after being accused of sexual harassment on the same day that Ronan Farrow published an expose on the CEO.
Six women came out with allegations against Moonves on July 27. Four of the women talked about “forcible touching or kissing during business meetings” and said that it was a “practiced routine”. The other two women said Moonves “physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers”.
In the article written by Farrow for The New Yorker, an additional six women alleged that Moonves harassed them. All these claims describe incidents that happened in the 1980s-2000s period.
CBS told E!, “[Moonves will immediately] donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace”
Moonves released a further statement about the incident later on, saying:
“For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS’s renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company. The best part of this journey has been working alongside the dedicated and talented people in this company. Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed. Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am. Effective immediately I will no longer be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS.I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees.”
Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello will serve as the company’s interim CEO and President in the meantime.