According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), The New Yorker will run a piece alleging that Leslie Moonves, the CEO and chairman of CBS, will be accused of sexual misconduct.
An article from The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his report detailing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged pattern of rape and sexual assault, will reportedly include allegations of unwanted kissing and touching. THR quoted a spokesperson for The New Yorker asserting, “We don’t comment on pieces we haven’t published.”
THR reported that CBS responded to the news by stating:
All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.
The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company’s very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members. Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners.
Moonves, 68, is currently battling with Shari Redstone, the controlling shareholder in both CBS and Viacom, for control of the company. Redstone had wanted to merge the two companies. CBS sued Redstone in May; Redstone fired back with a lawsuit arguing Moonves lacked the right to strip her of control of the network.
Moonves joined CBS in 1995; Shari Redstone’s father Sumner acquired the company in 2000. Moonves became chairman in 2016.
In 2012, Moonves attended a fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Beverly Hills sponsored by the LGBT Leadership Council, asserting, “Partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”