He'd been clinging on in hopes of winning a spectacular golden parachute, but Leslie Moonves left CBS suddenly on Sunday after Ronan Farrow surfaced six more victims' stories in The New Yorker.
As the negotiations continue and shareholders and advocacy groups accuse the board of failing to hold Moonves accountable, new allegations are emerging. Six additional women are now accusing Moonves of sexual harassment or assault in incidents that took place between the nineteen-eighties and the early aughts. They include claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them. A number of the women also said that Moonves retaliated after they rebuffed him, damaging their careers.
This is in addition to the earlier six women whose accusations had Moonves counting his stock options. Now he gets nothing, at least according to CBS, which also pledged $20m to womens' charities.
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