CBS CEO Les Moonves faces sexual misconduct investigation

Les Moonves chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation poses at the premiere of the new television series

Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, Accused of Sexual Misconduct: Report

The list goes on and on, and now the #MeToo movement has struck again. The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow provided accounts from several women, both identified by name and presented anonymously or with partial identification, who accused Moonves of unwanted physical contact that ranged from forcibly holding them down, putting a hand up a skirt, or thrusting his tongue down their throat. His accusers include actress Illeana Douglas, producer Christine Peters and "a prominent actress who played a police officer on a long-running CBS program". "It was very fast", Jones told Farrow. She said they didn't talk business, however, and he asked whether she was single before asking to kiss her.

Farrow spoke to four other women who described sexual misconduct by Moonves.

"Americans do not like dark", Moonves told the paper about deciding about the TV lineup.

"What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was sacked for not participating", Douglas told writer Ronan Farrow.

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"He has gotten away with it for decades", she said.

"It'll just be between you and me".

"You're very expensive, I need to know you're worth it", Mr Moonves is accused of saying to her.

In a November interview with Variety, Moonves called the recent wave of women coming forward about sexual harassment in Hollywood a "watershed moment."

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"Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely", his statement continued.

He said he never misused his position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

But the magazine story hadn't actually come out until shortly before 3 p.m. PT.

CBS' Julie Chen, his wife since 2004, issued a statement of full support. "He says, 'We're going to keep this between you and me, right?' " Attempting to put him off with a joke, she replied, "No, sir, we won't tell anyone that you're a good kisser". He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being.

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At CBS, he has launched popular prime time television shows such as "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Survivor" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".

The accusation comes amid of time of turmoil for Moonves, who has been battling for control of CBS against vice chairwoman of CBS and Viacom, Shari Redstone. Redstone denied that she had anything to do with the report.

As a result, CBS questions the timing of the exposé.

"All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously", the company said in a statement. Farrow also publishes new allegations against the executive producer of 60 Minutes, Jeff Fager, who was previously the chairman of CBS news from 2011-2015. CBS disagrees with their assessment.

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Although Moonves' behavior is the headline of the New Yorker story, the latest report by Farrow also delves into the network's culture and its role in enabling bad behavior like that of ousted "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose.

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