CBS boss Les Moonves resigns after sex allegations

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Moonves, 68, was the CEO of CBS for 15 years and is credited with turning the once-struggling network around to become one of the most-watched in television.

"What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was sacked for not participating", actress and writer Illeana Douglas told the magazine in the July report.

One of Mr Moonves' accusers, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, also reported her accusations to Los Angeles police a year ago, but they were not pursued because the statute of limitations had expired.

The New Yorker on Sunday reported the women's accusations, which include Moonves forcing them to perform oral sex and retaliating when advances were turned away. They also said Moonves tried to sabotage their careers when they rejected his advances. "He took my whole career".

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CBS has launched an independent investigation into Moonves, who has denied the allegations, reported by the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow.

Moonves acknowledged three of the new allegations but claimed they were all consensual.

The media giant had been investigating Mr Moonves since July, when the original claims appeared in the New Yorker. "I can't stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe to even their careers". "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations", Moonves said.

"Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am. Moonves declined to specify which three encounters he considered consensual". They said they were shocked by the news but supported the women who came forward.

In later incidents, Golden-Gottlieb says Moonves left his office and returned not wearing trousers and that he threw her against a wall.

Five current independent directors and one National Amusements-affiliated director have stepped down from the board of directors and six new directors have been elected, the company said.

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CNBC reported on Thursday that CBS's board has offered Moonves a roughly $100 million package to leave, comprised nearly entirely of company stock. "Time and again, we have developed and executed strategies that capitalize on our unique and advantageous position, and what's most exciting is that we are still in the early innings of that process", Ianniello wrote.

Despite the additional accusations, detailed in The New Yorker on Sunday, he is expected to depart with a generous exit package, valued perhaps as much as $100 million, according to reports.

"This is really hard".

Also new to the board are: Richard Parsons, former chairman of Citigroup and Time Warner; Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro; and Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive TTWO.O. But I'm confident the culture of the entertainment division is very safe, very collaborative and very welcoming. "And it's just not O.K". She wrote years after, when she chose to leave Hollywood for the rough and tumble classrooms of LA, "As an executive in the entertainment industry in the days when women were few and not particularly endeared by the powerful, I learned to be strong and tough".

The donation to organisations fighting for "equality for women in the workplace" would be deducted from the severance benefits, it said. "For years, I have told you that I will only be out here [onstage] for a short time".

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several of Moonves' accusers, including Golden-Gottlieb, said on "GMA" Monday morning that the statute of limitations has also run out on filing a civil suit against Moonves.

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A spokesperson for the Time's Up movement released a statement last week denouncing the large settlement Moonves is rumored to receive, stating it sends a message to survivors of sexual abuse that powerful men can be accused of sexual abuse, and come out unscathed.