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CBS Exec Who Helped Les Moonves Counter Misconduct Allegations Is Out

CBS announced that Ian Metrose, its longtime senior vp talent relations and special events, is leaving the network. The executive, who’d spent two decades at the company, has been under scrutiny since a New York Attorney General’s report in November 2022 revealed how he was centrally involved in efforts to counter sexual misconduct allegations against […]

How Les Moonves and His CBS Loyalists Worked to Discredit Accuser: “It Was Sort of a Mafia Culture”

On Nov. 2, 2022, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that she’d secured a $30.5 million settlement from CBS and its former president and CEO Leslie Moonves for misleading the company’s investors about his misconduct, concealing sexual assault allegations against him and related insider trading by another top CBS executive. Her office also released […]

Les Moonves Accuser’s Family Speaks Out About LAPD’s Mishandling of Her Case

The children of the late TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, whose claims of sexual misconduct against Les Moonves helped lead to his resignation as CEO of CBS in 2018, spoke out on Jan. 20 about the Los Angeles Police Department’s mishandling of her confidential police report. They and their attorney, Gloria Allred, said they met the […]

Les Moonves’ Compromised Cop: Hollywood Ties, Complicated Past

Earlier this month, former LAPD commander Cory Palka made headlines for purportedly conspiring with CBS and its former CEO to prevent an explosive sexual assault allegation from going public. But long before the onetime head of the Hollywood Division began working behind the scenes to suppress claims against Les Moonves, he had revealing associations with […]

Les Moonves and Paramount to Pay $9.75M to CBS Shareholders in Deal With N.Y. Attorney General Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

Paramount Global will pay an additional $7.25 million to shareholders to resolve the New York Attorney General’s probe into sexual misconduct allegations involving former CBS chief Leslie Moonves, and Moonves himself will pay $2.5 million. The settlement also discloses a larger conspiracy surrounding the allegations, with a Los Angeles Police Department captain tipping off Moonves […]

‘Succession’-Like Fight to Control Sumner Redstone Media Empire Chronicled in First Look at New Book (Exclusive)

Addicted to Succession? Well, here’s the real thing: An explosive new book will spill all about the power struggle to control Paramount. Penned by two acclaimed New York Times reporters — James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams — Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy promises a juicy glimpse […]

#MeToo, Five Years Later: No One’s Fully Returned From “Cancellation” — No, Not Even Louis C.K. (Analysis)

Amid the torrent of accusations leveled against powerful Hollywood men in the frenzied first few months of the #MeToo era, industry observers often shared the same jaded expectation. Short of arrest or indictment, the thinking went, the accused would be back on their feet after a brief time-out and a few memory-cleansing news cycles, carrying […]

Janet Jackson Doc ‘Malfunction’ Explores Blacklisting Claims, Les Moonves Involvement in Super Bowl Controversy

“I’m really grateful we’ve arrived at this moment of a cultural reckoning and a reevaluation of what happened,” says Jenna Wortham, a culture writer for The New York Times, at one point during Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson. “But we should never forget what they did to Janet. We should never forget that […]

Les Moonves Settles With ViacomCBS Over Departure

ViacomCBS and former CBS CEO Les Moonves have settled their arbitration over the executive’s firing by the company. Under the terms of the settlement, $120 million that had been placed in a guarantor trust will be returned to the company, according to a securities filing Friday afternoon. “Leslie Moonves, CBS and a contractor to CBS […]

Hollywood’s #MeToo Dilemma: When Alleged Predators Also Give Generously to Charity

A look into the dilemma nonprofits face on what to do when a prominent donor such as Harvey Weinstein, Bryan Singer or Les Moonves falls from grace.

Writer E. Jean Carroll Details Sexual Assault Claims Against Leslie Moonves and Trump

Renowned writer and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll claims in a new excerpt from her upcoming book, 'What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal' — shared in a cover story for New York magazine — that she was sexually assaulted by disgraced former CBS exec Les Moonves and President Donald Trump.

Critic’s Notebook: CBS’ Upfront Accentuates the Positive, Glosses Over the Negative

CBS' new shows actually looked pretty decent, and at least the network didn't ignore Les Moonves entirely, but who thinks sticking with the scandal-infected 'Bull' is a good idea?