CBS settles lawsuit over company control; Moonves to resign

Les Moonves speaks at a conference in May 2017

Lucy Nicholson Reuters Les Moonves speaks at a conference in May 2017

Embattled CBS CEO Les Moonves to step down as new sexual misconduct allegations revealed; Charlie Gasparino reacts.

Six more women are accusing CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves of sexual assault and harassment, according to a New Yorker investigation published Sunday-a month after a previous report by the publication outlined accusations of harassment, intimidation, and abuse by another group of six women.

The response was so strong that Farrow has published a follow-up to his exposé, featuring testimony from six additional women who said that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex, solicited sexual favors from them, and then used harassment and coercion to intimidate them into silence. Moonves acknowledged relations with three of the women but said they were consensual, and that he had never used his position to hurt women's careers. The new round of allegations come as CBS is reportedly planning to offer Moonves around $100 million to exit the company he's run for decades.

CBS will donate a portion of Moonves's exit settlement to charity, the sources said.

CBS did not return FOX Business' request for comment at the time of publication.

CNN reported Sunday afternoon, shortly after Farrow's follow-up to his bombshell story that Moonves had sexually assaulted a number of women including actor Illeana Douglas who came forward and spoke in great and graphic detail about his alleged assault and retribution that followed her rebuke of sexual harassment and assault, that he Moonves was out.

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Not that CBS is likely to act on Moonves' version of events. She did file a criminal complaint past year, but the LAPD couldn't pursue the case because statute of limitations had passed, despite finding her claims "credible and consistent". Moonves has since remained in his position with CBS. The new allegations have made it untenable for Moonves to continue in his post, though it remains unclear whether he will be fired or allowed to resign.

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof wrote that if the allegations against Moonves are true, "he belonged in jail, not board rooms" and "it's also horrifying that he may leave CBS with a payout of $100 million".

Several accusers said Moonves - considered one of the most powerful people in television - retaliated against them when they rebuffed his advances.

Some allege he forced them to perform oral sex or exposed himself without their consent.

Moonves gave the The New Yorker a statement strongly denying any wrongdoing and his wife Julie Chen has been defending her husband.

Television executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb said she filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department late a year ago alleging Moonves restrained her and forced her to perform oral sex on him in the late 1980s. She didn't say anything at the time, because he was the new "golden boy" at the studio. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. "They felt that this is a board that has let a powerful man who makes a lot of money for this company, in the words of one person, 'get away with it'".

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