Les Moonves expected to resign Sunday or Monday

CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves expected to resign after new sex harassment allegations

CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves expected to resign after new sex harassment allegations

CBS chief Leslie Moonves has stepped down after six more women accused him of sexual misconduct and intimidation in a bombshell investigation published Sunday by The New Yorker.

She said numerous women accusing Moonves of inappropriate behavior have expressed concerns about speaking to CBS' independent investigators "because they are being paid by CBS". Writer Janet Jones, who alleged that Moonves forcibly kissed her at a work meeting and that she had to shove him away, said Moonves "has gotten away with it for decades".

CBS has also issued a statement stating they are taking "these allegations very seriously" and stressing, "our board of directors is conducting a thorough investigation of these matters, which is ongoing". Now the firms have even more to examine.

The money will be subtracted from from whatever severance is due Moonves - who has held the titles of chairman, president and CEO - after an external investigation into misconduct allegations from a previous New Yorker report reveals its findings.

CBS had been investigating Mr Moonves since allegations appeared in the New Yorker in July - and fresh accusations from six more women have appeared. "This includes multiple allegations of either physically forced or coerced oral sex".

In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves acknowledged three of the six new encounters detailed by the outlet Sunday, but said they were consensual: "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue", the statement said.

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In a second statement after his departure, Moonves said he was "deeply saddened" to be leaving the company and its employees.

Similar claims were made previously by six other women against the executive, said sources familiar with the matter on Sunday, asking not to be identified because the plans have not been made public.

Following the New Yorker report in August, Moonves said he regretted "immensely" making some women uncomfortable by making advances, but added that he abided by the principle that "no" means 'no, ' and stated he had never misused his position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

Farrow had a different explanation. "We believe them", Times' Up said in a statement early Sunday. "And that really is integral to what prompted this followup story". Moonves had opposed Redstone's interest in pursuing a recombination of the companies, which were once one entity. "Time and again, we have developed and executed strategies that capitalize on our unique and advantageous position, and what's most exciting is that we are still in the early innings of that process", Ianniello wrote. Reuters could not immediately reach them for comment.

Last week, The Huffington Post's Yashar Ali reported that, after the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake incident during the Super Bowl that aired on CBS, Moonves "was furious that Jackson didn't make a similarly contrite apology to him" and she became the "target of Moonves' ire and vengefulness", including ordering MTV, VH1, and CBS-owned radio to stop playing her music. Discussions had focused on the size of a severance package, and on whether Moonves would move to a producer role, the Times reported.

Reports have said it could range from US$100 million in stock to the US$180 million stipulated in his contract. That's not all. CBS is saying that they are withholding all financial packages pending an investigation into the harassment allegations. Other women describe forced kissing, groping, propositions, with numerous encounters taking place during work time, as well as later efforts to harm careers. "The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes".

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