Leslie Roy "Les" Moonves (born 6 October 1949) was President and chief executive officer (CEO) of CBS Corporation. Moonves was born in New York City. He is a former vice-president of Lorimar Productions. In 1995 he resigned as president of Warner Brothers Television and became president of CBS Productions. In 2003 he became CEO of CBS Television. From 2003 he has been CEO of CBS Corporation. In 2016, he became Chairman and resigned in September 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.
In July 2018, The New York Times reported that Moonves would be the subject of an investigation by the board of directors of CBS. According to The New Yorker, six women accuse Moonves of sexual harassment and intimidation.
In September 2018, The New Yorker reported that six more women had raised accusations against Moonves, going back to the 1980s. He resigned as Chair later that day. As of February 8, 2019, Moonves is now head of his own company in West Hollywood, California, named Moon Rise Unlimited.
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- Encyclopedia of Television, Second Edition, Vol. 1, ed. Horace Newcomb (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004), p. 1520
- Sally Hofmeister (8 June 1995). "Time Warner Exec Takes TV Post at CBS : Entertainment: Leslie Moonves will tackle lineup and ratings. Analysts praise the choice; Tortorici resigns". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- Andrew Davidson, 1000 CEOs (London; New York: DK Publishing, 2009), p. 126
- Lee, Edmund (27 July 2018). "Les Moonves, CBS Chief, Faces Inquiry Over Misconduct Allegations". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- Farrow, Ronan (2018-08-06). "Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
- Ronan Farrow. "As Leslie Moonves Negotiates His Exit from CBS, Women Raise New Assault and Harassment Claims". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
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.
- David Gelles, Rachel Abrams and Edmund Lee (February 8, 2019). "Les Moonves, Fired by CBS, Sets Up Shop in Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2020.