Success! Former CEO Leslie Moonves Leaves CBS After Sexual Abuse Allegations

Last July, The New Yorker contributor Ronan Farrow published a damning story in which six women accused Leslie Moonves of sexual harassment. Despite these allegations, Moonves remained the CEO of CBS.

Frustrated by the lack of action to hold Moonves accountable, Rebecca Gerber created a Care2 petition, demanding that Moonves be removed as CBS chair and CEO.

As Gerber’s petition pointed out, Farrow’s article includes the accounts of six women who accused Moonves of sexual harassment, intimidation and abuse, in addition to other reports from CBS employees. Farrow recounted that these women were allegedly exposed to numerous episodes of physical intimidation across decades, including forcible touching, groping and unwanted kissing.

The network’s response? CBS announced that the company was conducting its own investigation into the allegations. 

Moonves, meanwhile, gave a statement which included this sort-of apology:

I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely.

This does nothing for all the women who have had to deal with the many consequences of sexual harassment — and, in some cases, professional retaliation — from Moonves when they failed to comply with his wishes.

Angered by this situation, over 33,700 Care2 activists signed Gerber’s petition, demanding that CBS believe these women’s stories and hold Moonves accountable.

Success! 

It took an additional report by Farrow on September 9 — one that contained graphic and detailed descriptions of sexual assault and harassment from another six women before CBS announced that Moonves would resign by the following morning. 

Thank you and congratulations to all the Care2 members who signed Gerber’s petition, helping to put pressure on CBS and bring about this important step forward.

Moonves has been one of the best paid executives in the media business, making $69 million last year. Details of  his settlement package will not be made public until the results of CBS’s ongoing investigation are released. 

Meanwhile, Moonves and CBS will “donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.”

That’s great, but why did it take so long to reach this decision? How many more times will women have to fight against being seen solely as sexual objects? When will men grow up and accept women as equals?

Les Moonves is just the latest high-profile figure to fall to the #MeToo movement. Harvey Weinstein stands accused of sexual assault by numerous women; Matt Lauer had to resign from NBC’s “Today” show following allegations of sexual assault by several women; Charlie Rose of CBS and PBS also departed when multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

The list goes on and on, but none of these men have admitted to nonconsensual sexual activity.

Still, it’s a huge victory that Leslie Moonves, one of the most powerful and successful names in Hollywood — and the person largely responsible for making CBS the most-watched network for the past ten years – has been forced to step down.

Take Action!

If you want to raise awareness about an injustice,join your fellow Care2 members by learning how to create your own petition and make your voice heard today!

 

Photo Credit: Screenshot from CNBC online video

24 comments

Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Julie D
Julie D2 months ago

I feel sorry for his wife also, this has to be devastating for her as well.

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Nena C
Nena C2 months ago

this issue just keeps escalating forward....now realize why Julia has not been on The Talk, had wondered althou do not watch it that much as few on there just do not care to even hear them TALK, period! Seems everything from a-z in our world anymore is going topsy turvy; they must be accountable, the victims just don't make up this info as some 'joke', Wake UP world... more like Wake up MEN! be an adult, respectful, caring of others who end up effected by their disgusting behaviour, it is definitely very sickening!!

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Thanks.

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Teresa A
Teresa Antela2 months ago

Noted. Thanks for posting.

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Kathleen E
Kathleen England2 months ago

Good ending.

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Val M
Val M2 months ago

tyfs

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Toni W
Toni W2 months ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni W2 months ago

TYFS

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