Colbert: Les Moonves And CBS Should Be Held Accountable

Ronan Farrow's new piece on CBS and harassment

Three days after an investigation by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker alleged numerous incidents of sexual misconduct on the part of CBS CEO and Chairman Les Moonves, his wife, Julie Chen, used her seat on the panel of the CBS daytime talk show "The Talk" to address the controversy.

The New Yorker magazine article detailed claims by six women who said Mr Moonves had sexually harassed them in incidents between 1985 and 2006.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday it declined to pursue a sexual assault allegation against Les Moonves, the CEO and president of CBS, saying the statute of limitations had expired.

Moonves has helped turn CBS into a ratings juggernaut during his 23-year run at the company, which ranks among one of the media's industry most financially stable.

Moonves is the latest executive to come under scrutiny by the #MeToo social movement, which has sought to hold accountable male business leaders, politicians and entertainers for sexual misconduct, leading to resignations in major corporations, Hollywood and among lawmakers. It will be carried out by a third-party law firm, the sources said.

In an interview with NPR's All Things considered, Emmy-award winning writer and television producer Dinah Kirgo described meeting Moonves to discuss a potential television deal before he joined CBS.

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On Friday, she tweeted that her husband is a "kind, decent and moral human being" and she "fully supported" him. She is a former CBS news anchor who also hosts the "Big Brother" reality show.

Shari Redstone is the second in the family to assume the role of National Amusements' representative on the CBS board, and the second to clash with Moonves. "The independent directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the company's clear policies in that regard".

Moonves, 68, acknowledged Friday that "decades ago" he "may have made some women uncomfortable".

Corporate governance experts said there could be several reasons why CBS's board may not want to fire Moonves, including its fiduciary duty to shareholders to minimize the company's legal liabilities.

A decision by the board to force Moonves to take a leave of absence while the investigation is conducted would have been viewed as a win for Redstone, who is trying to merge CBS and Viacom. But I always understood and respected-and abided by the principle-that "no" means 'no, ' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

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