Ronan Farrow wrote an article for the New Yorker titled Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct In it, Farrow describes how six women have accused Moonves, the head of CBS, of sexually assaulting them and then threatening them into silence, which affected many of their careers.
In response to the allegations, Moonves put out a statement:
I really like this clip by Stephen Colbert on his show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In it, he talks about how Les Moonves, his boss, friend and mentor, just got accused of sexual misconduct.
Colbert says that it’s the one year anniversary of the #metoo movement and this is when his boss is accused of sexual misconduct. He’s caught in the middle, but he’s clear to say that “Accountability Is Meaningless Unless It’s For Everybody” which is the title of the video.
He says that people have asked him what should happen to his boss, Les Moonves. He talks about how sexual harassment is wrong now and everyone knows it’s wrong. But everyone knew it was wrong then and we know that everyone knew it was wrong then because of the lengths to which powerful men covered it up in the past. He talks about the issue of the disappearing of the accused from public life and whether that’s the right thing. He also understands there’s a reason for it. He quotes JFK, saying “those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”
Women have suffered with the systemic abuse of powerful men for so long that the backlash is now swift and demands that the accused step out of the limelight to prove that they’re no longer abusing their power. Colbert says that he believes in accountability even if Les Moonves is “my guy” because accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody.
Following this broadcast, true to form, Moonves didn’t address the sexual misconduct allegations in the CBS earnings call which some people are saying speaks volumes about the elephant in the room.
So far, nothing has happened to Les Moonves. The police have declined to press charges because the statute of limitations has expired on the one incident that was reported to the police.
I personally could not be less surprised by the allegations against Les Moonves if I tried. Moonves left his wife in the same year he married his much younger wife, Julie Chen, who now has shows on the network, obviously gotten through his power. That he abuses his power and women doesn’t surprise me.*
Do you think Les Moonves should be fired? If not, what should happen to him regarding these allegations?
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*another person that would not shock me if he was accused is Colbert himself, although there’s nothing to indicate he’s done anything wrong. But could he really be as blind as he claims to be about all these men? I’ve wondered that more than once.