>> The New Yorker on Sunday has reported that six additional women have come forward with sexual assault and harassment claims against CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves. As the media company negotiates the CEO's exit following a previous New Yorker article that detailed similar allegations made by six other women.
The latest report included claims that Moonves forced women to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them. All six of the women were named, and they said the incidents took place between the 1980s and early 2000s.
Reuters could not immediately reach them for comment. Moonves, who joined CBS in 1995 and became CEO in 2006, said in a statement to the magazine, quote, 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.
A source told Reuters last week that the board at CBS has been in settlement talks with Moonves about his departure. And according to some reports, the board has offered Moonves $100 million to leave. Those talks happening at CBS and controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone, are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute over control of the company.
Last month, CBS hired two law firms to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct after the first New Yorker report. Ronan Farrow, the author of the articles, has also written reports that contributed to the ouster of Harvey Weinstein from his movie studio, that energized the Me Too movement that has forced the resignation of powerful men in Hollywood, corporate America, and politics.
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