Published Sep 10, 2018Long-running CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has stepped down from his position at the company, resigning after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Though Moonves has denied any wrongdoing, more accusers have come forward.
Over the weekend, The New Yorker published a follow-up piece where six more women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct. The events took place between the '80s and 2000s, and include allegations of sexual coercion, forcible kissing and touching, lewd comments and physical violence.
Though Moonves reportedly used different methods of harassment in each scenario, the women involved all claim that he ruined their careers when they did not take on his advances.
In response to the second New Yorker story, CBS announced Moonves' retirement.
"Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace," the company said. "Moonves will not receive any severance benefits at this time (other than certain fully accrued and vested compensation and benefits); any payments to be made in the future will depend upon the results of the independent investigation and subsequent Board evaluation."
However, in a new statement, Moonves has denied all wrongdoing. In a statement, he said, "For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS's renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company. The best part of this journey has been working alongside the dedicated and talented people in this company.... Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am."