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After Linda Bloodworth Thomason made mention of an anonymous actress being assaulted by ousted CBS Corp. chief Les Moonves in her op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, her husband is disputing rumors of the actress’ identity.
“For all of you who are asking if the great Angela Lansbury was the mystery actress mentioned by my wife, Linda Bloodworth in her THR op-ed about CBS’s Moonves- it was someone great but not Angela,” producer Harry Thomason tweeted Friday night.
Without identifying her by name, Bloodworth Thomason wrote that an actress informed her of a time when the CBS mogul invited her to the network’s dining room. After her unidentified detective show was cancelled, the actress pitched a new series, only for Moonves to allegedly tell her that she was “too old to be on his network.”
“She began to cry and stood up to go. He stood up too, taking her by the shoulders and telling her, ‘I can’t let you leave like this.’ She reacted, suddenly touched. Then he shoved his tongue down her throat. I know this happened because the star is the person who told me,” Bloodworth Thomason wrote.
The description provided by Bloodworth Thomason caused the internet to speculate that the anonymous actress could be Lansbury, the lead of CBS’ hit series Murder, She Wrote.
In her piece, Bloodworth Thomason wrote that, although she was never sexually harassed or assaulted by Moonves, her “encounters were much more subtle, engendering a different kind of destruction.” She detailed how the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years: “People asked me for years, ‘What happened to you?’ Les Moonves happened to me.”
After a second New Yorker exposé by Ronan Farrow detailed six more allegations of misconduct against Moonves last week, CBS said that it was parting ways with the disgraced mogul, appointing COO Joseph Ianniello as acting CEO.
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