Six women told The New Yorker that Moonves sexually harassed them.
One of the accusers, actress Illeana Douglas, alleged he violently kissed her. He said of the aftermath of the #MeToo allegations, "I don't know what's going to happen, but I do believe in accountability". And that I just lied to you for a bit.
Colbert also mocked Moonves during his show's opening, joking that Moonves would have his show canceled over his coverage of The New Yorker's reporting. "The allegations against Moonves warrant investigation, however, he should step aside while that process plays out", shareholder and National Center for Public Policy Research general counsel Justin Danhof told Fox News.
The allegations against Moonves come as CBS's board engages in a legal battle with Shari Redstone, CBS and Viacom's controlling shareholder who wants to merge the two companies. Three days after the CBS host took to Twitter to issue a statement in support of her husband immediately following the New Yorker report, Chen smiled and waved to The Talk's studio audience as the opening credits rolled. In it, she stood firmly behind Moonves. Thus far, it does not seem advertisers are looking to pull their commercial time from the network, but it remains to be seen if marketers will take action with Moonves remaining at his roost. "She claimed that a board member grabbed her face".
In 1992, a former child star named Kimberly (no last name was provided) attended a dinner meeting with Moonves and a mutual friend. "And the conversation ended, and he went from being very friendly to being really cold". But if it retains Moonves, it will have to explain why it's keeping him on despite the allegations.
How did Les Moonves Address the Accusations? She is also concerned about reports that the workplace culture at CBS can be challenging for women - something CBS veterans say has been blown wildly out of proportion by a few bad apples in a company with some 20,000 employees. "I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances", he said. "Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely", Moonves said.
But he added that he had "never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career". "This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution", he continued.