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CBS investigates Les Moonves amid misconduct allegations

Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, Accused of Sexual Misconduct: Report

In December, Moonves was one of two dozen high-profile entertainment executives tapped to create and fund a commission against sexual harassment in Hollywood.

In a statement issued Friday, CBS said that the allegations against Moonves will be investigated.

CBS noted that it had received no misconduct claims against Moonves during his twenty-four years at the network but has promised an investigation after the report was published, pledging to "take appropriate action".

Six women told New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow that Moonves sexually harassed them.

Farrow also spoke to 30 current and former CBS employees who described a culture that tolerated harassment, gender discrimination, or retaliation.

In May it emerged that CBS managers had been warned about Rose's conduct on three occasions, as early as in 1986 and as recently as in April 2017. It said men in that division who were accused of sexual misconduct were promoted, even as the company paid settlements to women with complaints.

Accusers who went on the record include producer Christine Peters, who says Moonves put his hand up her skirt during a meeting; actress/writer Janet Jones, who alleges Moonves forcibly kissed her at a work meeting; and actress/writer Illeana Douglas, who says she was blacklisted after pushing the CBS chief off of her.

Shares in CBS fell 6% in midday trading.

"Moonves provides strong consistent leadership, particularly in light of the breadth of his institutional knowledge of all aspects of the Company's businesses", CBS said in its annual proxy filing. "The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the company's clear policies".

The CBS board released its statement after the Hollywood Reporter published a story that Moonves was set to be accused in magazine.

CBS Corporation is the parent company of CBS News.

CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday in response to the New Yorker article before it was published. The network's board of directors announced that it will launch an investigation into the claims against Moonves. In May, Moonves' CBS sued Redstone to stop her from taking control of company.

A former actor, Moonves held jobs at 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros.

Then Moonves headed to CBS in 1995, when the network was third in the ratings among big broadcasters and a frequent punchline about its older viewership.

FBN's Neil Cavuto on the sexual misconduct allegations against CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. His compensation reflects his value to the company: The New Yorker reports that he earned almost $70,000,000 a year ago, making him one of the highest-paid executives in the world. Shari Redstone has pushed to combine the two media giants, a deal Moonves vigorously opposed in the courts.

The CBS board is split, with the independent members of the board backing Moonves in his quest for more autonomy from Redstone.