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Les Moonves has stayed largely out of sight since exiting his chairman and CEO post at CBS on Sept. 9 amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. But he stepped out for one of the first times — at least for an official event — with wife Julie Chen Moonves Oct. 11 to attend a funeral service for Arnold Kopelson, who passed away in Beverly Hills three days prior.
Moonves and Kopelson were longtime friends and business associates as the latter served on the CBS board of directors. (Before Moonves’ exit, Kopelson reportedly remained supportive of the chairman even after the first wave of allegations, reportedly saying in a meeting, “I don’t care if 30 more women come forward and allege this kind of stuff. Les is our leader and it wouldn’t change my opinion of him.”)
According to an insider who attended the memorial, which was held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Moonves and his wife were among 200 or so people at the intimate gathering and they were spotted comforting Kopelson’s wife, Anne, though they were not spotted at the post-memorial event held at the Kopelsons’ Beverly Hills residence. During the official program, Suzanne Somers was the first to take the podium and pay her respects, followed later by Anne Kopelson.
“She had such stoic grace,” reports one attendee of Anne.
During the tributes, much credit was given to the late Oscar-winning producer for his rags-to-riches legacy and how he managed to weather the Hollywood roller coaster and remain successful over the course of many decades. Others there included Judge Judy Sheindlin.
A separate industry-wide memorial is being organized for a date not yet announced.
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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