CBS is opening an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct, the network said in a statement Friday, as the New Yorker is set to release a report accusing chief Les Moonves of inappropriate behavior.
“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,” the statement said. “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.”
Earlier on Friday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the New Yorker was preparing to publish an expose on Moonves.
The longtime entertainment exec is accused of “unwanted kissing and touching” more than 20 years ago, according to THR.
More to come…
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