Les Moonves, the legendary boss of American broadcaster CBS, has been accused of sexual misconduct in the latest explosive story from Ronan Farrow.
Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his expose on Harvey Weinstein, broke the story late Friday afternoon in the New Yorker Magazine, accusing Moonves of sexually harassing six women between the 1980s and late 2000s.
Among the women are actress Illeana Douglas, producer Christine Peters and writer Janet Jones, who accuse Moonves of forcibly grabbing and kissing them, pinning them down and lifting up their skirts.
The CBS boss is also accused of trapping women in his office by using a secret button under his desk that locked the door from the inside.
Mr Moonves admitted in a statement that there were times decades ago when he may have made some women feel uncomfortable by making advances on them.
“Those were mistakes and I regret them immensely,” the statement read.
Mr Moonves is considered a legend in the television industry, and is credited with turning around the fortunes of CBS after it had languished at the bottom of the ratings for years.
In response to the New Yorker article, CBS Corporation’s stocks fell 6 percent, with management confirming it was now investigating the allegations.
Sexual harassment is unlawful in Australia, and is defined as any unwanted or uninvited behaviour that is sexual in nature, and can include unwelcome touching, comments, text messages, staring or persistent requests for dates.
Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Discrimination Claims, said the days of bosses getting away with sexual misconduct are over.
“We’ve already seen some big names fall in business and the entertainment industry, including Harvey Weinstein and Roger Ailes, the lecherous former boss of Fox News, so Mr Moonves may be the next to fall,” he said.
“In today’s modern workplace, there is no place for any conduct that is sexual nature.
“Always keep your comments, and especially your hands, to yourself – otherwise you could find yourself out of a job.”
If you believe you have suffered sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call Discrimination Claims on 1300 853 837 today.
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