More Women Accuse CBS Head Les Moonves of Sexual Abuse

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Industry observers were surprised when the CBS board opted to keep Moonves in his post as chairman-CEO while the investigation was conducted.

Moonves' future at CBS came into question in July, when Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ronan Farrow published an expose in the New Yorker detailing allegations from six women.

News of the deal emerged the same day the New Yorker published fresh claims from six women who allege Moonves exposed himself and used physical violence and intimidation.

CNN also reported that the CBS board could attempt to "claw back" some compensation to Moonves based on the investigation's findings. Moonves is expected to leave his position with CBS soon and will given a lucrative exit package. "In the last week, as we reached out to CBS for comment", stories emerged about exit talks, Farrow said.

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Six more women have come forward to accuse Moonves of forcible sexual assaults.

"As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a f-ing dollar", wrote "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom. Golden-Gottlieb didn't report the assaults until previous year but prosecutors declined to press charges because the statute of limitations ran out.

One accuser, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, filed a criminal complaint with the LAPD a year ago, the New Yorker reported, detailing allegations of physical violence and forced oral sex by Moonves, which unnamed law enforcement sources told the magazine were credible, though the relevant statutes of limitations had already expired. He went on to become verbally abusive after she rejected subsequent advances. In a statement to the magazine, he acknowledged three of the encounters, but said they were consensual. "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations", Moonves said.

According to HuffPost's sources, Timberlake "tearfully apologized" for the incident and was allowed to perform at the Grammys, but Moonves was "furious that Jackson didn't make a similarly contrite apology to him", and subsequently sought to further undercut her career.

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The Financial Times said imminent boardroom changes meant Mr Moonves would lose support and he was resigning because this would entitle him to a hefty severance package, including stock options.

The news of Moonves stepping down comes as it's been reported he's likely to land an around $100 million parting gift. This money, the amount of it, is dependent on the outcome of this investigation and what CBS believes to be truthful and accurate and real allegations of sexual misconduct.

He said on CNN that "these women are coming out now" because "they have been extraordinarily frustrated by what they perceive to be inaction on the part of CBS and its board". "The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes".

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