Former CBS CEO Les Moonves Speaks Out After Ouster Amid New Harassment Allegations, Says He's 'Deeply Saddened'
Former CBS head Les Moonves has spoken out after being ousted for multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.????Moonves has been accused by a total of twelve women of sexual misconduct, The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow reporting new allegations from women that say his behavior ranged from harassment to forcible sexual contact between the late 1980’s and early 2000’s.????Some say he also damaged their careers when they rebuffed him.????Moonves immediately exited CBS after the latest allegations came to light, after 20 years as CEO.????In a statement, he denied all the allegations and expressed his sadness at leaving the company, saying: ????“Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am.
I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company.
I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees."????CBS said that the company and Moonves would donate $20 million to the Time’s Up movement and other groups that advocate for equality in the workplace for women.????Moonves could earn upwards of $100 million in a severance package, though CBS says he won’t receive anything until an independent investigation has been completed.??