July 27, 2018
The board of directors at CBS Corp. July 27 said it will investigate claims of sexual misconduct by longtime CEO Les Moonves disclosed in an expose by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker.
Farrow’s article alleges Moonves engaged in unwanted touching and kissing of female subordinates over the past 20 years.
“All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously,” the board said in a statement. “The independent directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies in that regard.”
The board noted the timing of the expose coinciding with CBS’ ongoing legal battle with corporate parent National Amusements, headed by Shari Redstone and her ailing father Sumner Redstone.
“While that litigation process continues, the CBS management [which includes Moonves] has the full support of the independent board members,” said the statement.
Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for another expose that outed Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment. The story led to Hollywood’s #MeToo movement, and subsequent criminal indictments against Weinstein.