Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Julie Chen Takes Time Off After Les Moonves' Exit From CBS

Julie Chen Takes Time Off After Les Moonves' Exit From CBS

Since joining CBS in 1995, Moonves transformed the corporation into the most watched television network in the country and one of the media industry's best-performing businesses.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, six women accused the network's chairman of sexual harassment and sexual assault in journalist Ronan Farrow's latest piece for The New Yorker.

Julie Chen is taking time off her gig on CBS' "The Talk" to be with husband, Les Moonves, who just resigned from heading up the network amid sexual misconduct allegations, and Sharon Osbourne says people at CBS - including the ladies at "The Talk" - are fearful of losing their jobs.

They included claims that Moonves forced them into perform oral sex, exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them.

Moonves acknowledged relations with three of the women but said they were consensual, and that he had never used his position to hurt women's careers.

CBS Corp. did not return a request for comment.

Mr Moonves has been one of the most powerful executives in United States media, joining CBS in 1995 as head of entertainment and becoming CEO of CBS Corp in 2006.

Moonves is expected to resign Monday, Reuters reported.

Late previous year, as the #MeToo movement rose to call out and fight back against perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault, Golden-Gottlieb filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department. In one instance, a woman accused him of violently throwing her against a wall.

"Whatever times I've had of hardship over the last eight years, Julie has always been there for me", said Osbourne.

In later incidents, Golden-Gottlieb says Moonves left his office and returned not wearing trousers and that he threw her against a wall.

"He absolutely ruined my career", she told Farrow.

She says Moonves suggested going to lunch on a work day, but instead drove to a secluded area where he "grabbed my head and he took it all the way down onto his penis, and pushed his penis into my mouth". CBS and Redstone's lawyers told the judge we want a two-year cooling off period...

In a statement to the New Yorker for its August story, Moonves said that CBS "promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees" during his tenure.

He continued: "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations".

Before commenting on Monday, O'Donnell said she conferred with fellow anchor Gayle King who apparently lamented about how CBS was "still the story" 10 months after their colleague Charlie Rose was sacked for his alleged behavior toward women.

He said Sunday's shakeup "marks a major transition for all of us as Leslie Moonves departs from CBS". The network is also investigating Jeff Fager, former CBS News chairman and executive producer of "60 Minutes", on charges that he condoned a hostile atmosphere to women.

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue", Moonves told the New Yorker. All of them said they believed their careers had suffered because they rejected his advances. But if the board finds that the company is not entitled to dismiss Moonves for those reasons, Mooves would receive the $120 million in the trust's assets.

"Remember that the world is watching", the statement said.

A confidentiality clause, however, may prevent the findings of the investigation from ever being revealed.

Chief Operating Officer Joe Ianiello will take over as interim CEO as the board searches for a replacement, according to the announcement.

Moonves' allies will surely cast his exit as a corporate coup - a successful effort by Redstone to gain a tighter grip on CBS.

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