Leslie Moonves, the powerful longtime chairman and chief executive of CBS, will resign his position in the wake of sexual assault allegations, concluding a whirlwind six weeks in which he fell from a perch as one of the country's most respected media titans. She said Moonves, while an executive at the Lorimar production studio in the late 1980s, pushed her head into his lap and forced her to perform oral sex.
Moonves was removed from those top posts on Sunday, after new allegations of sexual misconduct and assault surfaced.
Although Chen hasn't addressed the most recent wave of allegations, she tweeted a statement in July, after Farrow's first story: "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years". A spokesman for the board did not immediately return requests for comment.
Other women described Moonves exposing himself, groping them, and leading a network where a sexist culture reigned. CBS has spent much of his tenure as the nation's most popular broadcast network, with hits such as "The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS", and its success has made Moonves one of the highest-paid and most powerful executives in the business.
He remained on the job despite the earlier allegations, and there were earlier reports that he was negotiating a buyout from his contract. I love her. I support her always.
O'Donnell said that she had made a decision to repeat her earlier words after speaking with co-host Gayle King, who was off on Monday.
"The tech companies are replacing these legacy media companies", he said. "He absolutely ruined my career", she told Farrow, saying that she was blocked from advancing at the company. "Phylils said, 'Who would believe me?" The initial article detailed allegations from six women of Moonves harassing them and using his position of authority to intimidate them, and sometimes, ruin their careers.
Osbourne said that back in July, she was asked to issue a statement in support of Moonves, but "after seven more women have come out... the pattern is so similar, that for me... obviously the man has a problem".
Eve, who joined the show previous year, added that "I've now come to care for every woman at this table and this is ridiculously hard".
He continued: "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I do not know why, but it's true".
Now insiders tell Page Six that because of Fager's conspicuous absence at CBS HQ on Monday morning, "People over there are wondering if CBS will take action quickly now that Les is gone".
Before the scandal, Moonves was known as a brilliant television programmer and credited with turning CBS into the most-watched network in the U.S. He was also behind some of the company's recent digital success, like its "All Access" subscription platform. They accuse Moonves of abuses including forcing them to take part in sexual acts.
Big Brother's live episode airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.
It also concludes a months-long battle for control of CBS between Moonves and the company's controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone.