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Saturday, July 28, 2018

or more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America. As the chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Corporation, he oversees shows ranging from "60 Minutes" to "The Big Bang Theory." His portfolio includes the premium cable channel Showtime, the publishing house Simon & Schuster, and a streaming service, CBS All Access. Moonves, who is sixty-eight, has a reputation for canny hiring and project selection. The Wall Street Journal recently called him a "TV programming wizard"; the Hollywood Reporter dubbed him a "Wall Street Hero." In the tumultuous field of network television, he has enjoyed rare longevity as a leader. Last year, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he earned nearly seventy million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid corporate executives in the world. In recent months, Moonves has become a prominent voice in Hollywood's #MeToo movement.

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But Moonves's private actions belie his public statements. Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them.

Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result.

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Ronan strikes again...Les Moonves is arguably far more powerful than Harvey Weinstein ever was, and taking him down will show the rest of the gropers in Hollywood that no one is sacred.

People in the industry are terrified as to who is next.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-07-28 01:29 PM | Reply

Which people in the industry do you discuss personal fears with?

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-07-28 02:13 PM | Reply

What's wrong OWS, are you afraid that you may be next?

I know a few good therapists if that is what you are trying to get at.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-07-28 02:41 PM | Reply

Burn 'em all.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-28 03:25 PM | Reply

I was trapped at someone's house one Saturday afternoon and read Craig Ferguson's 2009 autobiography American on Purpose.

He went into pretty gross detail of what he witnessed on his coming to Hollywood. One especially memorable anecdote was of Ferguson being at a Producer's home where prostitutes would curse and berate this producer in both ears while another one ---- on him.

Also, if you've ever read Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather, he goes into creepy detail of film moguls bedding pre-pubescent girls pimped by their own mothers in order to obtain acting parts. Jack Woltz, played by John Marley is one of them.

I wonder what set this ball rolling lately.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-07-28 03:41 PM | Reply

"film moguls bedding pre-pubescent girls pimped by their own mothers in order to obtain acting parts."

^
Parents still sent their kids to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch long after the allegations were common knowledge.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-07-28 04:30 PM | Reply

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