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Fri Jul 27 6:05 pm  #1


Most Powerful Man In Network TV Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another huge #metoo scandal in Hollywood, comes a whopper of a story. 

You may have never heard of Les Moonves, but he's the most powerful man in American television, the executive in charge of #1 network CBS, and the guy who helped develop such shows as The Big Bang Theory. But now he's accused of serious sexual misconduct over a period of several years. 

In a stunning New Yorker story by Ronan Farrow, the same journalist who outed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, several women have come forward to accuse the executive of some pretty odious conduct - and that includes allegations that another CBS muckety-muck, Jeff Fager, the boss at 60 Minutes, also allowed such behaviour to take root at that venerable show. 

Moonves hasn't entirely admitted to anything, but has issued a statement saying that while he may have made some women "uncomfortable," he never crossed the line. But his alleged victims think it was more than just "uncomfortable." 

"Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result.

“What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” the actress and writer Illeana Douglas told me. All the women said they still feared that speaking out would lead to retaliation from Moonves, who is known in the industry for his ability to make or break careers.

“He has gotten away with it for decades,” the writer Janet Jones, who alleges that she had to shove Moonves off her after he forcibly kissed her at a work meeting, told me. “And it’s just not O.K.”


The story has already cost CBS in at least one way. Its stock fell more than 6% on Friday as a result of the allegations. So can the most powerful man in TV survive the scandal? That question may be better than any drama on his network.  

You can read the entire story here.

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Moonves statement:

"Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our company. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.

This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution."

Last edited by RadioActive (Fri Jul 27 6:19 pm)

 

Fri Jul 27 8:24 pm  #2


Re: Most Powerful Man In Network TV Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Les Moonves is married to CBS personality / host Julie Chen. 

Chen hosts Big Brother, and is a co-host / moderator on the daytime chat show "The Talk"

 

 

Fri Jul 27 10:17 pm  #3


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Glen Warren wrote:

Les Moonves is married to CBS personality / host Julie Chen. 

Chen hosts Big Brother, and is a co-host / moderator on the daytime chat show "The Talk"

 

Ms. Chen has released a statement that sounds like textbook pr supporting her husband.

Harvey Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman owed much of the success of her clothing line Marquessa to her husband, and Julie Chen's professional and personal identity is tied to her husband, and his standing in the industry. Her credibility and reputation is on the line as well.

It is also being insinuated that Shari Redstone, CBS controlling shareholder, is working behind the scenes of the Moonves investigation, with the merger of CBS and Viacom as her ultimate goal.

Pity 'The Newsroom the movie' isn't in the pipeline. I would love to see Aaron Sorkin, and his team sort though the #MeToo uprising, the opioid crisis, the failure of Hillary and the rise of the Trumps, and the changes in the media landscape.

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Fri Jul 27 11:44 pm  #4


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Some guys is just dumb. 


The less 'Cyber Space' knows about me the better.  As a result I do not use my real name.  I would be willing to use yours' though.  No?  OK then.  So you 'get' it.  We're good.
 

Sat Jul 28 7:36 pm  #5


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RadioActive wrote:

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another huge #metoo scandal in Hollywood,

Never thought that at all. Surprised it took this long for the next scandal to emerge. 

 

Sat Jul 28 11:43 pm  #6


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Let's be honest here. Isn't it possible that the majority of us have dark skeletons in our pasts? If we're attained any level of success, didn't we get there with possibly some questionable actions in our history? If you think about it, isn't it possible that we didn't treat the opposite sex and/or our coworkers with less than optimum habits? How many of us are just breathing a bit swallowly just waiting for the possibility of a shoe to drop? 

 

Sun Jul 29 12:10 am  #7


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From the New York Times: "Vatican meets #MeToo as nuns denounce their abuse by priests". The Associated Press, Global, CBC, they're all running the story. Not too much of a surprise considering past stories of the abuse of children, but the details are still appalling.