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New Yorker writer says women feared retaliation

New Yorker writer says women feared retaliation

Update: The New Yorker has published the report.

He became chief executive of CBS in 2006 when controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone divided his empire into two publicly traded companies, CBS and Viacom Inc.

The statement was issued on the same day that Ronan Farrow published a report on the New Yorker, citing six women who alleged that Les Moonves had acted inappropriately toward them between the 1980s and the late 2000s.

"Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them", Farrow writes. "But I always understood and respected - and abided by the principle - that 'no" means 'no, ' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

Douglas then tried, as so many women do, to brush off the incident and find a way to extricate herself without insulting her boss.

"Speaking for myself, real change will occur when I can walk through the front doors of CBS and resume the creative and working relationship that was so tragically cut short in 1997".

In a statement, CBS said that Moonves acknowledges trying to kiss Douglas, but that "he denies any characterization of 'sexual assault, ' intimidation, or retaliatory action", including berating her on set and personally firing her from "Queens".

British actor Ed Westwick will not be prosecuted over three sexual assault allegations he faced in the United States, it has been revealed.

Veteran TV journalist Charlie Rose, 76, was sacked by CBS in November after being accused by more than 10 women of sexual misconduct.

The CBS chief has been a towering figure in television for decades, credited with turning around a network that had been mired for years at the bottom ratings. The trial in a DE court is expected to start in October.

Viacom shares jumped 5 percent to $29.35 on Friday, while CBS shares fell more than 6 percent to $54.01, as investors speculated that the chances of a merger had increased.

The article comes at a hard time for CBS and Moonves, who is in the midst of a legal battle against Shari Redstone, CBS's controlling shareholder through parent company National Amusements. "But it's also a story about dozens and dozens of sources who told us that a culture of harassment and retaliation had permeated various facets of his company", he said.

A representative for Shari Redstone stated, "The malicious insinuation that Ms. Redstone is somehow behind the allegations of inappropriate personal behavior by Mr. Moonves or today's reports is false and self-serving".

He has launched primetime CBS hits such as "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Survivor", and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".

He also introduced separate streaming CBS and Showtime services as more people "cut the cord" and watch TV online.

Couric wasn't the only former female employee who criticized the network's office environment and their treatment by top executives.

Shares in CBS tumbled when the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, as investors anxious that Moonves might be forced to step down. Viacom closed up 4.6 percent.

The 68-year-old, who has transformed the fortunes of CBS, is one of America's highest-paid CEOs and one of the most powerful men implicated in the #MeToo reckoning against sexual harassment.

He joined CBS in 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment from Warner Bros. Television, where he oversaw the development of hit TV shows "Friends" and "ER". He married his second wife Julie Chen in 2004. He also won the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild of America that year.