CBS Says It Will Investigate Misconduct Allegations Amid CEO Leslie Moonves Report

CBS Says It Will Investigate Misconduct Allegations Amid CEO Leslie Moonves Report

CBS Says It Will Investigate Misconduct Allegations Amid CEO Leslie Moonves Report

The allegations include unwanted kissing and touching by Moonves and took place more than 20 years ago, during Moonves' first marriage to Nancy Wiesenfeld.

On Friday, The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow sent out a quick reminder that his highly anticipated and likely explosive report on CBS head honcho Leslie Moonves was still unpublished and as such, any secondary sources should be taken with a grain of salt.

CBS said in a statement that it would investigate the claim.

The company released a statement Friday saying: "All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously". Moonves resisted that deal because he believed CBS's prospects were better without taking on Viacom's turnaround challenges. He is widely credited with turning CBS into one of the top-performing US media companies. The entertainment news site reports the article will publish later Friday.

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

That legal dispute, of course, is ongoing litigation between Moonves and Shari Redstone, who is the controlling shareholder in both CBS and Viacom.

The report was written by Farrow, the former MSNBC host who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story about Harvey Weinstein using his position as a powerful Hollywood producer to allegedly sexually assault several women.

Moonves did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moonves is now involved in a lawsuit over control of CBS with Shari Redstone. He was appointed chairman and CEO in 2003.

Last year, CBS fired Charlie Rose as co-anchor of CBS This Morning after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were detailed in an investigation by the Washington Post. The revelations ultimately spurred the #MeToo movement.

"Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners", the statement said.

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