CBS Chief Les Moonves steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

CBS Chief Les Moonves steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations
Les Moonves (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Another head topples following another allegation of sexual misconduct.]

Leslie Moonves, the powerful longtime chairman and chief executive of CBS, will resign his position in the wake of sexual-assault allegations, concluding a whirlwind six weeks that saw him fall from a perch as one of the country’s most respected media titans.

The company announced the news in a statement late Sunday, saying that CBS chief operating officer Joseph Ianniello will take over as interim CEO and president — both Moonves’ titles — as the company looks for a permanent replacement for its longtime chief.

Moonves had seemed bulletproof as of just six weeks ago, regarded as one of the entertainment world’s most sterling executives. But sexual-misconduct allegations by six women — in an article by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker in July — led to the board hiring outside lawyers to conduct an investigation into Moonves and activists to call for his removal. On the magazine’s website Sunday, an additional six women alleged behavior that includes sexual misconduct, harassment and retaliation.

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… Moonves said in a statement late Sunday. “Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am. … I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company.”

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