Stephen Colbert Addresses CBS Boss Les Moonves Sexual Misconduct Allegations

31 July, 2018, 20:31 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Shares of CBS fell almost 6 percent by midafternoon Monday following a New Yorker report on Friday detailing allegations made by six women of sexual misconduct by Moonves over more than two decades.

In a statement issued by CBS the company confirmed it is "in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation".

That was the last Kirgo heard from Moonves, she told NPR.

Larry Hamermesh, a professor at Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington Delaware, said that the board would want to place Moonves on administrative leave if it believed there was a risk he could act inappropriately while remaining in his position.

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"Everybody believes in accountability, until it's their guy". As she delivered her pitch (sitting on a couch, again), Moonves slipped his hand up her skirt and touched her underwear.

Les Moonves, chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, poses at the premiere of the new television series "Star Trek: Discovery" in Los Angeles, Sept. 19, 2017.

If Moonves is suspended or departs altogether, CBS will face a serious power vacuum at a time of rapid change roiling the industry. "And the conversation ended, and he went from being very friendly to being really cold". "Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely", he said.

The host then addressed the allegations against Moonves specifically, remarking that he doesn't know how CBS will choose to discipline its CEO - nor does Colbert have the answers for how Moonves' behavior should be handled.

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"Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days", she said on the show Monday.

Julie added, "And I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever".

While her statement prompted a round of applause from the audience, Julie Chen's brief comment about the bombshell CBS news rubbed some viewers the wrong way.

CBS shares have lost more than 10 percent of their value since Friday, when the sexual harassment claims against Moonves emerged. It is the second time CBS delayed this year's meeting.

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The article names three women - actress Illeana Douglas, writer Janet Jones and producer Christine Peters - who all tell similar stories of scheduled business meetings with Moonves where he forcibly kissed them in a clearly planned-out scenario, then threatened their careers when they rejected his advances.

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