After an initial round of sexual harassment and abuse claims put his status at the network in serious peril, CBS CEO Les Moonves is facing a half dozen new allegations in a follow-up report by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow.
Reports indicate the network’s board was already in talks regarding the longtime chief’s ouster before the latest bombshell report dropped on Sunday.
Six new accusers say he subjected them to a range of abuse, which included exposing his genitals and forcing them to perform oral sex.
“The appalling accusations in this article are untrue,” Moonves said in response. “What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women.”
He did not distinguish the women by name, but said that in general the accusations are “surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career.”