Norah O'Donnell on sexual misconduct: 'This has to end'

Les Moonves speaks at a conference in May 2017

Les Moonves speaks at a conference in May 2017

Moonves joined the former CBS Corporation in 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment.

About three hours after the article appeared, reports surfaced that Moonves is stepping down, the New Yorker stated in a blurb added to the top of its article. Even before the new allegations came to light on Sunday, CBS' board was reportedly discussing terms of Moonves' exit.

Moonves has categorically denied forcing himself onto any of the women.

What are the latest claims?

In an article by the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow earlier in the summer six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.

In Farrow's first story, six women, some of whom were named, alleged harassment and other misconduct by Moonves and connected it to deeper problems at the company. Golden-Gottlieb said Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him, before destroying her career.

She said numerous women accusing Moonves of inappropriate behavior have expressed concerns about speaking to CBS' independent investigators "because they are being paid by CBS".

TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb and writer Jessica Pallingston are two of the women who give graphic descriptions of the misconduct they accuse Mr Moonves of carrying out.

She said she decided it was best to repeat what she said on air after Rose was forced out last November.

The organization Time's Up, which fights accusations of sexual misconduct, said the women had made "bone-chilling" accusations against Moonves. Moonves acknowledged relations with three of the women but said they were consensual, adding he had never used his position to hurt the careers of women.

"For me, it has been another sleepless night thinking about this, the pain that women feel, the courage that it takes for women to come forward and talk about this, and I really didn't know what I was going to say this morning", she continued.

The board of directors told the New Yorker it was "committed to a thorough and independent investigation of the allegations, and that investigation is actively under way". This is very series, and the appropriate actions need to take place. 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.

What were the earlier allegations?

Similar claims were made previously by six other women against the executive, said sources familiar with the matter on Sunday, asking not to be identified because the plans have not been made public.

"I want to say that whatever times I've had of hardship, Julie has always been there for me".

The disgraced CEO will not receive any compensation, pending the results of an investigation into the allegations against him being conducted by two blue-chip law firms, the corporation announced. Speculation about Moonves' departure swirled last week with news reports that the executive was in negotiations to leave with a potential payout of $100 million, an amount that drew criticism from #MeToo advocates and others.

The sum being floated in the media for his resignation package is some $100m (£77m).

CBS said in the filing that the settlement of $120 million would be put in a trust within 30 days and that Moonves could end up with nothing if the result of the investigation went against him.

Under Moonves's contract, the 68-year-old could be owed as much as US$180 million in severance - as well as a production deal - but the CEO had been facing challenges on a number of fronts.

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