Here’s the latest salvo in the war of words between Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and Vice Chair Shari Redstone. She responded this morning to Dauman’s charge over the weekend that she “manipulated“ her father Sumner Redstone — who turns 93 this week — in his late Friday move to oust Dauman and a fellow Viacom board member from the trust that will run his empire when he’s either deemed incompetent or passes.
The statement says:
It is absurd for anyone to accuse Shari of manipulating her father or controlling what goes on in his household. Sumner makes his own decisions regarding whom he wants to see both in his home and elsewhere, and he has his own team of independent advisors to counsel him on corporate and other matters.
As to the idea that Shari, an attorney and respected businesswoman, would ‘unlawfully’ use his name, that is utterly ridiculous.