New sexual misconduct allegations emerge against CBS boss

CBS President and CEO Les Moonves

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Les Moonves and his wife Julie Chen arrive for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner in Washington. "Yes, they met with a few women, but they weren't actually going to hire a woman is what I was told", she claimed on Twitter. "I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother", Chen said in a statement.

Moonves, the television company's longtime CEO, resigned on Sunday, just hours after fresh allegations came out in a New Yorker article.

She called it a "bittersweet" day to kick off the season. "Today also marks a major transition for all of us as Leslie Moonves departs from CBS". But I'm confident the culture of the entertainment division is very safe, very collaborative and very welcoming. "It's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about her husband, but we do, we feel it's right", she continued, adding that she only knew Moonves on a "superficial" level.

Moonves was removed from those top posts on Sunday, after new allegations of sexual misconduct and assault surfaced.

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"CBS's days as an independent public company are numbered", said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles-based investment banker who closely follows the company. She's been a friend. No one was going to take me, ' she said.

A day after the announcement of Moonves' exit from CBS, Julie Chen did not appear on the daytime talk show, The Talk, which she co-hosts alongside Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osborne, Sheryl Underwood, and Eve.

Moonves had opposed efforts by NAI, which is owned by Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone, to merge CBS with Viacom Inc (VIAB.O), another company they own. It was, 'Hello, how are you?' Nothing more.

Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello will serve as the company's interim CEO as the network's board of directors works on choosing a permanent successor.

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Ianniello has worked for the company since 1997 and thus is very familiar with the assets and is the best choice as temporary CEO, Creutz said.

CBS will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace. The $20 million would come out of any compensation Moonves is due to receive following the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the allegations against him.

On "CBS This Morning", anchor Norah O'Donnell addressed the new allegations and Moonves's departure, as she had months ago when her co-host Charlie Rose left the network after several women accused him of harassment. She did at the time; but then she read Farrow's second story on Sunday, which included accusations of forced oral sex and Moonves exposing himself without consent, as well as intimidation and retribution that torpedoed women's careers.

Chen has not commented on the most recent story, though Moonves denied the new allegations in a statement, saying: "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue". "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS". He said he had never used his position to hurt the careers of women. "I am happy when women are heard because for a long time, they haven't been".

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