CBS probes misconduct statements from CEO Moonves amid authorized battl…

By Vibhuti Sharma and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) – U.S. broadcasting and media corporation CBS Corp (CBS.N) claimed on Friday it was investigating allegations of private misconduct by its main govt Leslie Moonves forward of an forthcoming New Yorker post that is expected to depth the statements.

The promises in opposition to Moonves include incidents that go again, in component, additional than 20 years, the Hollywood Reporter said earlier on Friday, citing resources with knowledge of the matter and the New Yorker journal story who it did not detect.

“On the summary of that investigation, which entails not too long ago claimed allegations that go again quite a few decades, the board will immediately evaluate the results and take ideal action,” CBS reported in a statement.

It was not crystal clear when exactly the New Yorker would publish its story or what its contents would be. Moonves and the New Yorker did not instantly answer to requests for remark.

Ronan Farrow, the creator of the attainable story, tweeted late Friday that he does not comment on function that has not been released nevertheless.

“If you’re examining about my function from secondary resources you happen to be frequently not getting the whole or proper tale,” Farrow reported on Twitter.

The allegations arrive as Moonves is locked in a struggle in excess of regulate of CBS with the company’s premier shareholder, National Amusements Inc, owned by Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone who proposed merging CBS with media company Viacom Inc (VIAB.O), also owned by Nationwide Amusements.

Viacom declined to comment on the promises against Moonves.

“The timing of this report will come in the midst of the company’s extremely community authorized dispute,” the CBS assertion extra. “Although that litigation process continues, the CBS administration team has the full assist of the independent board associates” CBS included.”

A spokeswoman for National Amusements Inc said, “(Shari) Redstone hopes that the investigation of these allegations is thorough, open up and clear.”

Moonves clashed with Redstone before this year in excess of her bid to merge CBS with Viacom. Moonves resisted that deal simply because he believed CBS’s prospective buyers have been far better without taking on Viacom’s turnaround worries.

A CBS board committee in May turned down the possible merger with Viacom and sued to strip Countrywide Amusements of its manage of CBS.

Viacom shares jumped 5 p.c to $29.35 on Friday, whilst CBS shares fell extra than 6 % to $54.01, as investors speculated that the prospects of a merger had elevated.

Combining CBS, which owns cable networks like Showtime as very well as the CBS Television set Network and CBS Tv set Studios, with Viacom, whose businesses contain Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, would have additional negotiating leverage with cable and satellite firms, analysts mentioned.

Moonves, 68, joined CBS as an entertainment president in 1995 and has been CEO since 2006. He is extensively credited with turning CBS into 1 of the top rated-carrying out U.S. media corporations.

Moonves has been married to CBS news anchor and presenter Julie Chen since 2004.

Several accusations of sexual misconduct in opposition to politicians, company leaders and entertainers in the U.S. have been manufactured in the earlier yr, main to resignations, generally encouraged by the #MeToo social motion.

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma and Sonam Rai in Bengaluru editing by Clive McKeef)

CBS probes misconduct claims from CEO Moonves amid lawful battl…