Inside the CBS misconduct investigation

Gloria Allred and her client Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, who accused former CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual assault and harassment, talk with Brian Stelter about the ongoing investigations into CBS. While CBS faces a decision about whether to pay Moonves $120 million in severance, Allred says victims should be compensated. Moonves has denied the allegations.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 8:15 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2018 8:29 PM

The two law firms that are investigating misconduct at CBS are due to deliver their report to the company's board of directors soon. The New York Times has already been publishing damning details from a draft of the report.

But the investigation hasn't wrapped up yet, according to attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing four women who have accused former CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.

Three of the women have been interviewed by the lawyers, Allred said, and the fourth accuser is scheduled to be interviewed on Tuesday.

That's the same day as the CBS annual meeting. Shareholders and other observers will be watching to see if the company makes any announcements about the investigation.

The company is coming up on two deadlines that involve Moonves. The first, this Friday, is a self-imposed deadline to decide how to disburse $20 million in grants.

The money will support "organizations that are helping to ensure safety and equity in our industry, as well as providing both prevention and assistance for victims of sexual assault, abuse and harassment in all workplaces," acting CEO Joe Ianniello said in October.

The $20 million commitment was announced on the same day that Moonves was forced out. He led CBS for two decades, but lost a corporate tug of war with controlling shareholder Shari Redstone and lost the confidence of the board of directors following two New Yorker stories about alleged sexual misconduct.

Moonves denied having any nonconsensual sexual encounters. But more than a dozen women came forward with accounts of sexual assault, harassment and other behavior spanning several decades.

According to recent reporting by The Times, the two law firms hired by the board found evidence that Moonves tried to keep an accuser silent by arranging possible jobs for her at CBS.

Moonves was required under the terms of his employment contract to cooperate fully with the probe by the law firms — Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton. But, the Times reported, he "destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to preserve his reputation and save a lucrative severance deal," according to a draft of the lawyers' report.

That information will inform the CBS board's decision about whether to pay Moonves $120 million in severance.

The money was set aside for him when he stepped down under pressure in September. But if the board determines that Moonves was fired "for cause" — and the lawyers' draft report apparently says there were ample reasons to do so — then the funds could be returned to CBS.

The board is expected to make a determination about the severance by the end of January.

A lawyer for Moonves did not offer a response to specific allegations in the Times, but told the newspaper that Moonves "cooperated extensively and fully with investigators." The law firms found evidence to the contrary.

The Times only saw a draft of the report, so it could change before the full board of directors reads it. CNN has not reviewed the draft report.

A spokesman for the board said Sunday night that he had no new information to share about when the board will receive the report.

"I hope that this report will be made public," Allred said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday. "But I also hope that CBS will do more than perhaps just donate millions of dollars to organizations. They need to be accountable to the persons who can prove that they are victims. If they can prove it, they need to compensate the victims, because they should not just be a footnote in all of this."

One of the accusers represented by Allred, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, also spoke out on "Reliable Sources."

Golden-Gottlieb said Moonves sexually and physically assaulted and harassed her in the 1980s. She alleged that Moonves did it because "they can get away with this. That's why."

She said Moonves ultimately ruined her career at a time when markedly fewer women worked in the entertainment industry.

"When I would not go along with his games," she said, her office was relocated "into, like, the cellar." She said he "made it very clear that I couldn't stay there."

Golden-Gottlieb said the lawyers who interviewed her were "fair" and "asked the right questions."

Notably, Moonves did not yet work for CBS at the time of the alleged behavior, indicating a thorough investigation by the law firms.

Allred agreed that the investigators "were being very fair, very professional, and very sensitive to the women."

She urged "anyone who alleges that she has information about Mr. Moonves, positive or negative, about sexual harassment conduct, if that occurred, to right now contact CBS, and let's have a full and transparent report."

"That's a good idea," Golden-Gottlieb added.

Huntsville
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Florence
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 78°
Fayetteville
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 74°
Decatur
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 76°
Scottsboro
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 72°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 137564

Reported Deaths: 2399
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19938351
Mobile13507293
Montgomery8866185
Tuscaloosa8837118
Madison798179
Shelby607449
Lee597161
Baldwin560650
Marshall397543
Calhoun355644
Etowah354845
Morgan333428
Houston293921
Elmore271948
DeKalb244321
St. Clair235936
Walker235485
Talladega217830
Limestone214420
Cullman191920
Dallas179826
Franklin179130
Autauga178727
Russell17683
Lauderdale175133
Colbert167726
Blount162115
Escambia161624
Jackson159712
Chilton159530
Covington140727
Dale140344
Coffee13716
Pike121611
Chambers117542
Tallapoosa117185
Clarke110316
Marion97529
Butler91740
Barbour8867
Winston75013
Marengo72620
Pickens67014
Randolph66613
Lowndes65927
Bibb65810
Hale64928
Geneva6444
Lawrence63425
Cherokee61713
Bullock60714
Clay5918
Monroe5908
Washington56012
Crenshaw54332
Perry5426
Conecuh53911
Wilcox53211
Henry5105
Macon48318
Fayette4689
Sumter43719
Cleburne3945
Lamar3822
Choctaw35112
Greene30515
Coosa1743
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 194611

Reported Deaths: 2420
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby31097466
Davidson26797311
Hamilton963495
Knox960579
Rutherford945290
Williamson536636
Sumner489598
Wilson356247
Putnam336541
Montgomery313344
Unassigned30444
Madison299265
Out of TN297727
Bradley297217
Sevier266415
Blount256324
Maury242725
Washington235538
Robertson223939
Sullivan223133
Hamblen194828
Tipton184519
Gibson172624
Trousdale16697
Hardeman158426
Wayne15015
Dyer142017
Bedford137317
Dickson128015
Coffee127713
Fayette122719
Cumberland121919
Weakley121620
Anderson121013
Obion120211
Loudon11996
Henderson119125
Carter118028
Greene116946
McMinn116325
Jefferson114414
Lawrence108913
Warren10777
Macon106721
Monroe106618
Hardin105516
Lauderdale100316
Haywood99821
Franklin99410
Lake9252
McNairy92518
Carroll91320
Roane9126
Bledsoe8624
White85510
Rhea85413
Hawkins82720
Cheatham8199
Marshall7815
Overton7706
Cocke75310
Smith74011
Johnson7323
Chester65011
Giles64417
Lincoln6331
Henry6309
Hickman6008
DeKalb57414
Marion5518
Fentress5463
Crockett54419
Decatur5347
Campbell4614
Claiborne4455
Polk40710
Grainger3943
Union3762
Benton3418
Jackson3325
Morgan3213
Grundy3176
Cannon2950
Unicoi2911
Humphreys2673
Sequatchie2441
Clay2355
Houston2343
Meigs2323
Stewart2212
Scott2192
Lewis2081
Moore1831
Van Buren1660
Perry1530
Pickett1262
Hancock1073

Community Events