According to new reports, journalist Ronan Farrow released a report for the New Yorker today that the CEO of CBS, Leslie Moonves, has been accused of sexual harassment over the span of thirty years.
In a statement released by the board of directors, CBS said that “all allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously,” and continued, by stating the typical PR and damage control.
The company explained that they would be investigating any and all claims of sexual harassment. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the acclaimed journalist, Ronan Farrow, would be publishing a story in the New Yorker today.
Currently, CBS shares are sitting 6% lower than usual. According to the media analyst, Doug Creutz, CBS, and Moonves are in a very tight situation at the moment due to the misconduct allegations, the stock prices, as well as the ongoing court battle in which the network is involved.
However, the board claims to be behind Moonves. Supposedly, the chief executive was accused of “unwanted kissing and touching.” Leslie has been a juggernaut in the television world, leading the creation of blockbuster series like Friends and ER.
Previously, he worked for Warner Brothers and also Lorimar Productions before moving on to CBS, where he aided in the creation of hits like Dallas and Knots Landing.
Mr. Moonves became the president of CBS when the network was relying heavily on shows like Murder She Wrote and Touched By An Angel.
Later on, after a few years of continuous hard work and deals, Moonves helped introduce other successful TV series like Survivor, CSI, NCIS, and Two And A Half Men.
Thus far, we know that Leslie had been accused of “forcible kissing” back in the 1980’s and the 1990’s. Supposedly, some believe the report was aided by Redstone, a competitor who is currently battling with CBS in the court system. Rumor has it that the allegations are merely a part of a conspiracy to take him down during the court proceedings.