The leader of the American television broadcast network, CBS, has resigned after more women accused him of sexual abuse.
The announcement on Sunday evening ends his 20-year tenure atop one of the country's most important media empires. The company said its chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will serve in the position until a permanent replacement is named.
The organization Time's Up, which fights accusations of sexual misconduct, said the women had made "bone-chilling" accusations against Moonves.
The decision comes after 12 women alleged Moonves had sexually harassed or assaulted them, and in more than one case ruined careers by blacklisting women who rejected him.
He said on CNN that "these women are coming out now" because "they have been extraordinarily frustrated by what they perceive to be inaction on the part of CBS and its board". Moonves did not comment in the statement.
One of Moonves' accusers, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, also reported her accusations to Los Angeles police previous year, but they weren't pursued because the statute of limitations had expired.
Moonves said the accusations were "untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am".
The hosts of The Talk did not shy away from talking about CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' exit from the company amid multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment. The first New Yorker piece, published in July, first brought allegations against Moonves to light.
Eve, who joined the show previous year, added that "I've now come to care for every woman at this table and this is ridiculously hard".
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One of the latest accusers, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, told The New Yorker she reported her experiences with Moonves to Los Angeles police previous year. There is a statute of limitations. "I love her, I support her always", she said. Golden-Gottlieb said she repeatedly rejected other sexual demands from Moonves.
One of the women, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, reported her accusations to Los Angeles police a year ago, but they weren't pursued because of the statute of limitations.
Other women described Moonves exposing himself, groping them, and leading a network where a sexist culture reigned. But the company is also facing some continued reputational risk.
Moonves is one of the media world's highest paid CEOs, so his severance package would normally be generous, even gargantuan. "The Board will make a determination whether the Company has grounds to terminate the employment of Mr. Moonves for cause under his employment agreement within thirty (30) days following completion of the final report of the independent investigators in the current internal investigation, but in no event later than January 31, 2019".
Moonves and CBS will also contribute $20 million to support the #MeToo movement, the company said in a filing.
In this file photo, Harvey Weinstein attends his arraignment in court, in NY on July 9, 2018.
In October 2017, stunning allegations against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein spurred a nationwide reckoning on sexual harassment.
Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from the Associated Press and Reuters. But when it's somebody that you know, what do you say, how do you feel?