USC Annenberg suspends use of Moonves’ name on media center

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The ice is starting to thin under the feet of Les Moonves, the embattled CBS chairman and chief executive officer, who has been accused by six women of sexual misconduct. The Board took no further action at this meeting pending discussion with counsel as to appropriate next steps.

"CBS president Les Moonves is in deep trouble for sexually harassing female colleagues - or maybe he's not in trouble at all", Bee said on the latest edition of Full Frontal.

Moonves, who has served as CEO of the media company since it was split from Viacom Inc in 2006, has resisted a deal to reunite the companies because he believes CBS's prospects are brighter without taking on Viacom's turnaround challenges. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's clear policies in that regard.

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In a statement Wednesday, Dean Willow Bay says, "In recognition of the sensitivities surrounding recent allegations against Mr. Moonves, he and Ms. Chen have requested that USC Annenberg temporarily suspend use of the media center's name until the investigation concludes". I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances.

As more people skip traditional cable subscriptions to watch TV online, CBS has pushed into streaming more aggressively than other networks. "Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely". It was named the Julie Chen/ Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. "But I always understood and respected - and abided by the principle - that "no" means 'no, ' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career".

The investigation will also look into recent allegations that the culture at CBS and CBS News tolerated abusive behavior.

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"All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously", according to the statement.

As the future of CBS' leadership comes into question, CBS is also locked in a court battle with its parent company, National Amusements, which also owns Viacom. No charges were filed, but Moonves revealed the existence of the investigation to a board committee, which hired a law firm to investigate, according to the Times, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the matter.

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