Actress Illeana Douglas conducted her first televised interview Tuesday about Leslie Moonves. She claims the disgraced, ousted CBS chief blacklisted her from the network after she rejected his advances, which turned into assault.
On The View, she describes being summoned to his office after he cast her Queens.
“I go to his office … I have my little clipboard of notes, and all I wanted to do was tell him what a team player I was going to be, to be in the show and how excited I was,” she recalled. “He started asking me a lot of personal questions and I was stumbling and fumbling and not really knowing what to say and that led to him jumping on top of me and putting his tongue down my throat and pinning me down on the coach.”
“Once he saw I wasn’t participating, he stopped and I just wanted to get out of the room … He said, ‘We’re gonna keep this between you and me, right? We’re not gonna tell anyone about this,'” Douglas continued.
When her manager called her later to ask her how the meeting went, he said the feedback from Moonves had been great. “I said, ‘Why?’ And she said, ‘Because Les just called me … He said you guys had a lot of fun.’ ”
She was fired from the series shortly thereafter due to “poor performance,” a reference, Douglas believes to her behavior in his office.
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