CBS boss Leslie Moonves resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves hit with six additional claims of sexual harassment and assault

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The accusations were more serious than those from six other women who The New Yorker reported in July had accused Moonves of unwanted touching or kissing.

Moonves on Sunday evening issued a statement, saying: "Effective immediately I will no longer be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS".

Among the new accusers is Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, a now-retired TV executive who once worked at the Lorimar production company with Moonves.

The New Yorker magazine reported the women's new accusations, which included Moonves forcing them to perform oral sex and retaliating when advances were turned away. She says he verbally abused her after she rejected future advances.

At the end of July, Ronan Farrow published an article in The New Yorker detailing sexual harassment and assault claims against CBS CEO Les Moonves. Even before the new allegations came to light today, CBS' board was reportedly discussing terms of Moonves' exit.

The New Yorker said Moonves had, in a statement, acknowledged three of the encounters but said they were consensual and occurred "before I came to CBS". "It really broke my heart and I don't care whether it was yesterday, 20 or 30 years ago, but somebody that breaks somebody's life like that has to be accountable", she said.

"Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am", Moonves wrote in a statement of his exit. That move gives Moonves a victory in that arena; he sought to keep CBS operating as a separate concern.

The 68-year-old has denied all allegations, calling the latest "appalling". Osbourne said she did so in "as diplomatic" a way as she could.

According to CBS, Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement and other groups fighting for workplace equity for women.

She went on to say she can't wait for the day where "women are equal, where these stories won't have to happen anymore". Any additional payments will depend upon the results of CBS' independent investigation and evaluation by the board of directors, the network said.

The CBS Board has said it takes those claims very seriously and hired two law firms to investigate. At the time of this writing, an investigation into the claims remains ongoing.

CBS said that Moonves won't receive any severance for now, other than some of his vested compensation and benefits. But with Moonves' departure, CBS announced that it was dropping its lawsuit against National Amusements in return for National Amusements confirming it would not seek a merger between the companies for the next two years.

On "CBS This Morning" Monday, co-host Norah O'Donnell tackled the subject of her boss' resignation. Now, especially with a new wave of consolidation in the media sector, CBS is all but for sale, said Greenfield. She wrote years after, when she made a decision to leave Hollywood for the rough and tumble classrooms of LA, "As an executive in the entertainment industry in the days when women were few and not particularly endeared by the powerful, I learned to be strong and tough".

"CBS's days as an independent public company are numbered", said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles-based investment banker who closely follows the company. "It is systemic and it is pervasive in our culture".

"I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years".

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