Earlier this evening, Time’s Up released a public statement to CBS warning the network that “world is watching,” and reminding the company to careful consider CBS’ next move with CEO Les Moonves. The statement comes just a few hours after the New Yorker published a new article, revealing more sexual harassment allegations against the CEO.
The following statement is from TIME’S UP on new assault and harassment reports against Leslie Moonves, as he continues to negotiate his exit from CBS:
“Six more women have made bone-chilling allegations of abuse, harassment and retaliation against Les Moonves. We believe them. These new allegations are in addition to the previous six women who have already bravely spoken out and detailed horrific behavior from Moonves. Nineteen current and former CBS employees have also alleged that former CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager condoned sexual harassment in his division.
These allegations speak to a culture of toxic complicity at CBS, where the safety of women was continuously ignored to protect the careers of powerful men and the corporation. The CBS Board of Directors has an obligation to move swiftly and decisively to create a safe work environment for all and rid the company of this toxic culture.
CBS, as you sit in a room debating next steps to rectify the damage done, remember that the world is watching. We will accept nothing less than full transparency of the investigation’s findings, a commitment to real change across all levels of CBS management and no reward for Les Moonves.”
The new article from the New Yorker confirmed that six more women have stepped forward with claims against Moonves, these accusations range from sexual harassment to sexual assault. The timing comes as Moonves is negotiating his exit from CBS, which could come with a golden parachute as he steps down from his position.