CBS CEO Leslie Moonves accused of inappropriate conduct

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Leslie Moonves, the longtime CEO of CBS, will be accused of sexual misconduct in an upcoming Ronan Farrow expose in the New Yorker, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.

"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", Redstone spokeswoman Sara Evans said. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action. Moonves is also the chairman of CBS. Farrow has been key in revealing entertainment and political figures accused of sexual misconduct, including an early piece about Harvey Weinstein that helped set off the Me Too movement.

One of Hollywood's most powerful executives is facing allegations of misconduct in a soon-to-be-released article from The New Yorker.

The CBS board is split, with the independent members of the board backing Moonves in his quest for more autonomy from Redstone.

The statement does not name Moonves directly, but it is titled "Statement From CBS Independent Directors Regarding The New Yorker".

Farrow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who, along with The New York Times previous year, broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

Moonves is now involved in a lawsuit over control of CBS with Shari Redstone.

This comes as Moonves is locked in a legal battle with Shari Redstone, a billionaire heiress and media executive who wants to remerge Viacom and CBS, since she owns a controlling share in both companies.

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock didn't immediately respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

"Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners", the statement said. Moonves was the president and CEO of CBS television from 1998 to 2003, then becoming chairman and CEO of CBS itself in 2003.

An additional 27 women came forward with claims against him, including 14 from CBS News.

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