Following six new allegations of sexual harassment and rape, longtime CBS C.E.O. Les Moonves has resigned effective immediately. Moonves has called the accusations–which include forcing oral sex on two women, pulling his penis out in a 9 a.m. meeting, physically overpowering women, and vindictively shattering careers–“appalling.” He says that the allegations, which stretch from the ‘80s to the early aughts, are part of an organized conspiracy.
“I can only surmise [the allegations] are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career,” he told Ronan Farrow, who reported the news.
A source tells Deadline that the rumored $100 million buyout which the board had reportedly offered Moonves in stocks to incentivize him to leave, is now “off the table,” as he could be terminated “for cause.” Simultaneously CBS has announced that Moonves and the network will be donating $20 million of his rumored buyout to “one or more organizations which support the #MeToo movement,” and that the $100 million sum now depends on the results of an independent investigation by two law firms. For now, he gets nothing.
Rose McGowan has accused enablers of clinging to #MeToo movement, especially Time’s Up, as a front for their own complicity. According to Farrow’s report, members of the CBS board have been aware for months of a criminal investigation against Moonves into an allegation by Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, who claims he forced oral sex on her when they worked together in the ‘80s. The allegations by 12 women span decades.