Monday, November 12, 2018
Nation & World

#MeToo reports may oust CBS chief

Bowing to pressure brought on by a sexual harassment scandal, CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves was expected to resign late Sunday or early Monday, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Negotiations over the terms of his departure accelerated after a new report Sunday in the New Yorker magazine, which detailed six women’s allegations of sexual misconduct involving Moonves in the 1980s and 1990s.

His departure was not unexpected. Moonves, 68, has been negotiating a settlement with independent CBS board members in recent weeks. But talks heated up after the latest allegations contained in the New Yorker article, which included the account of a former Lorimar television executive, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb. She described being attacked by Moonves in the mid-1980s when the two were colleagues at CBS.

Golden-Gottlieb filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department last year, and police found her allegations to be credible, according to law enforcement sources. She described two incidents, including one in which she said Moonves demanded that she perform oral sex on him. In the second incident, Moonves was angry over a work matter and allegedly slammed her against a wall. But prosecutors declined to bring charges because the incidents were more than 30 years old and the statute of limitations had expired.

CBS board member Bruce Gordon has been leading the efforts to settle with Moonves and end a lawsuit with National Amusements Inc., the Redstone family investment vehicle that owns the controlling shares of CBS.

Joseph Ianniello, CBS’ chief operating officer, is expected to be elevated to interim CEO. He has been with CBS, and its corporate predecessor, Viacom Inc., for 18 years.

Moonves will become the highest-profile media figure to step down in the #MeToo era. Twelve women have separately accused him of sexual conduct in the two articles by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow. Sunday’s article in the New Yorker detailed allegations that Moonves demanded massages from women, or forcibly kissed them.

Moonves told the New Yorker that some of the encounters were consensual. A spokesperson for Moonves was not available to comment.

Moonves has been the face of CBS since 1995. He took over a floundering television network and steadily built it into a juggernaut that attracts more viewers than any other U.S. TV network.

Since 2006, Moonves has been CEO of CBS Corp., which in addition to the broadcast network, owns a string of television stations, a television production studio, the Showtime premium channel, publisher Simon & Schuster and a 50 percent stake in the CW network.

Comments
Wildfire destroys celebrity homes, from Miley Cyrus to Neil Young

Wildfire destroys celebrity homes, from Miley Cyrus to Neil Young

Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Gerard Butler are the latest celebrities to report losing their homes to deadly wildfires that have ravaged California.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Devastation as deadly California blaze tallies grim stats

Devastation as deadly California blaze tallies grim stats

As wildfires continued to rage on both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire.
Updated: 9 hours ago
At WWI events, Trump stance on nationalism draws rebuke

At WWI events, Trump stance on nationalism draws rebuke

PARIS — For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" stood apart, even on a c...
Published: 11/11/18
Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

PARADISE, Calif. — The few residents of the burned-out Northern California city of Paradise who were able to inspect their property on Saturday saw nothing but disappointment.Nearly the entire city of 27,000 residents lay in ruins and most wer...
Published: 11/11/18
Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored

Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored

The video makes CNN reporter Jim Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said.
Published: 11/09/18
Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

Michelle Obama says she felt "lost and alone" after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters.
Published: 11/09/18
Democrats eye Trump's tax returns but expect a long fight

Democrats eye Trump's tax returns but expect a long fight

Getting President Donald Trump's tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House.
Published: 11/09/18
Ian David Long: What we know about the California bar gunman

Ian David Long: What we know about the California bar gunman

Neighbors of Ian David Long described the man who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar as distant in public but combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home the two share
Published: 11/09/18
Heroism, harrowing escapes as fire destroys California town

Heroism, harrowing escapes as fire destroys California town

A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire and wiping out a couple of thousand structures.
Published: 11/09/18
East Coast to open 1st legal pot shops after long wait

East Coast to open 1st legal pot shops after long wait

By BOB SALSBERG­NORTHAMPTON, Mass.With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. An existing medical marijuana dispensary...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/09/18