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Les Moonves: No immediate CBS action on harassment claims

Les Moonves: No immediate CBS action on harassment claims

The company's board held a previously scheduled meeting Monday, where directors were expected to discuss the allegations against Moonves, a 68-year-old veteran media executive.

CBS ad sales chief Jo Ann Ross expressed her support for Moonves on Twitter last week.

"CBS Corporation announced today that its board of directors is in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation", it said in a statement.

According to Douglas' account, she was asked to meet Moonves in his office while she was working on a sitcom called "Queens", to be sure they were - as Farrow put it - "creatively aligned".

"I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years", Chen wrote.

Shares of CBS fell almost 6 percent by midafternoon Monday following a New Yorker report on Friday detailing allegations made by six women of sexual misconduct by Moonves over more than two decades. Some said that Fager protected men accused of misconduct, including men who reported to him.

Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, and two said Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. "And the conversation ended, and he went from being very friendly to being really cold". "All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously", they said in a statement. But I always understood and respected - and abided by the principle - that "no" means 'no, ' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career. She is a former CBS news anchor who also hosts the "Big Brother" reality show. Chen says she has already made one statement on the matter and she will "stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever".

Chen's Twitter statement was posted on Friday, shortly after Farrow's story was published. Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader.

On Friday, she tweeted that her husband is a "kind, decent and moral human being" and she "fully supported" him.

CBS said on Monday it would postpone its 2018 annual shareholder meeting that was previously scheduled for August 10 to an unspecified date.

CBS shares were down more than 4% in early trading, dropping to the $52 range.

If Moonves is suspended or departs altogether, CBS will face a serious power vacuum at a time of rapid change roiling the industry. A new date has not been announced.

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