Embattled CBC CEO, Les Moonvess resigned his powerful position Sunday night. Moonves has been married to the host of ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The Talk’ Julie Chen for 14 years, and they have one son. Moonves has been ordered to immediately donate 20 million dollars to an organization thaMot assists women who are the victims of sexual assault. He has been given a lucrative severance package worth over 100 million, the money will be held in an escrow account, until the outcome of an internal investigation by CBS.
The chief operating officer of CBS Joseph Ianniello has been named as the new temporary CEO of CBS. The Canadian native released a lengthy statement that read in part, “Effective immediately I will longer be the Chairman and CEO of CBS. I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company I wish nothing but the best for the organization and the newly comprised board of directors and all of it’s employees.” Ronon Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow wrote another piece about a new group of Moonves’ accusers in ‘The New Yorker’. The article appeared only hours before Moonves resigned.
These latest allegations are some of the most disturbing, with women stepping forward saying that Moonves forcibly raped them, exposed himself without consent, and used physical violence. Some women also allege that Moonves threatened them with physical violence and threats of loss of employment if the women talked or didn’t comply. The accusations took place according to the accusers from the 1980’s to 2005. Many of the incidents took place according to reports when Moonves was dating and married to Julie Chen. She defended him after the first round of accusations in July, she has yet to comment on the resignation. Her show ‘The Talk’ is set to premier a new season today on CBS, there is no word on what Chen’s future at the network will be.