The accusations against Leslie Moonves, the CBS CEO, was the elephant in the room during CBS’s day at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday.
However, while most of the men in the #MeToo era haven’t gotten a chance at redemption, many of Moonves’ co-workers and subordinates say they support him while the investigation is ongoing.
One of those CBS execs is Diane English, the executive producer of Murphy Brown, who addressed the crowd during the opening panel of the press tour.
Diane said to journalists, “we take the allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously.” Last week, CBS announced they had hired two separate law firms, from outside the company, to investigate the charges against Moonves.
During the panel, English stated, “we support the investigation fully.” Diane added that “none of us” have had experiences like that while working at CBS.
“As far as I know, no one on my crew” has experienced such behavior. Coincidentally, English’s series, Murphy Brown, produced an episode revolving around the #MeToo movement shortly before The New Yorker published their piece on Leslie.
Discussions surrounding Leslie’s firing were the topic du jour during the press tour, and Ultraviolet – a group advocating for women’s rights – circled the event with a billboard in protest of Moonves, whom they hope gets fired from his position.
As it was previously reported, the New Yorker published an expose, written by Ronan Farrow last week, which detailed the allegations against Mr. Moonves. One woman, Illeana Douglas, claims Moonves had her fired because she turned him down one evening after he tried to have sex with her.
Moreover, the writer, Janet Jones, claims Leslie assaulted her when she was pitching a television show while Moonves worked at 20th Century Fox. Since then, a number of different women have supported Mr. Moonves, including his wife, Julie Chen, as well as Sharon Osborne.