CBS board members were aware that the Los Angeles Police Department had investigated sexual assault allegations against CEO and chairman Leslie Moonves, the L.A. Times reports.
No charges were filed. Sources tell the paper that after Moonves disclosed the allegations to the board of directors, they hired a law firm to look into the matter, who found that no “further investigation was warranted.”
This report comes as CBS is being criticized for its hands-off approach to a New Yorker report detailing six women who allege Moonves harassed them and / or stymied their career at the network after they spurned his advances. The board has not suspended Moonves and is in the midst of hiring outside counsel to conduct an investigation.
Meanwhile, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism says it will suspend use of the media center’s name: The Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center.
Moonves has pre-emptively removed himself from the role of commissioner on Anita Hill’s Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace at USC as well.
Bucknell University, Moonves’ alma mater, has also removed some references to him online.
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