CBS Has Been Paying Les Moonves’ Legal Fees
CBS’ board fired Les Moonves on Monday, seemingly puncturing a hole in his $120 million golden parachute.
But a little-noticed clause in Moonves’ employment contract indicates that CBS has been picking up its former chief executive’s legal bills since he left the company in September.
That would appear to incentivize Moonves to challenge the board’s decision in a confidential arbitration proceeding — though the executive said in an interview Tuesday that he has yet to… Read
Les Moonves’ Lawyer Fires Opening Salvo In Legal War With CBS; Calls No Severance & Firing Decision “Without Merit”
“The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit,” says Les Moonves’ attorney in reaction to the decision announced today to give the now fired with cause and much accused former CEO nothing in severance. At the same time, Gloria Allred wants the investigation into Moonves’ behavior and the culture at CBS made public and monies to women “who can prove they are victims.”
Having resigned in disgrace in September as yet another round of sexual… Read
CBS Says No $120M Severance For Les Moonves; Terminated For Cause, Declares Board
UPDATED with stock movement: Les Moonves, the once-powerful former CEO of CBS, will not be getting a single dime of the $120 million in severance he expected after stepping down under allegations of misconduct this fall, the company’s board has decided today.
“The Board of Directors of CBS has completed its investigation of former Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News, and cultural issues at CBS,” the company said in a statement Monday. “With regard to Mr. Moonves, we… Read
Frankie Shaw Investigation Won’t Delay ‘SMILF’ Season 2 Debut On Showtime
Amidst allegations of misconduct on the set of Showtime's SMILF and potential WGA complaints, the premium cabler has no intention of pulling the plug on the Frankie Shaw-created series' Season 2 premiere next month.
"We're 100% completely behind her," an insider at the David Nevins run outlet told Deadline after reports of showrunner and star Shaw being investigated on the apparent mishandling of video of nude scenes on the show emerged Monday. "There's nothing changing… Read
Geoffrey Rush Says Yael Stone’s Allegations Are “Incorrect” And Taken “Out Of Context”
UPDATE: Geoffrey Rush has responded to Orange is the New Black actress Yael Stone’s claims of misconduct saying, “From the outset I must make it clear that the allegations of inappropriate behaviour made by Yael Stone are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”
In a statement Rush gave to the New York Times, the Academy Award-winning actor continued: “However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I… Read
Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”; Producer Calls Sundance Sexual Assault Suit “Malicious” – Update
UPDATE, 9:25 PM: Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.
"My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein," the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action… Read
Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims
EXCLUSIVE: As accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein and others began flooding Hollywood early this year, CBS’ then-CEO Les Moonves stepped in to settle claims against one of the network’s biggest stars.
Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku in January after the actor accused Bull lead Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS drama, we've… Read
Morgan Spurlock Settles Suit Over Unproduced TNT Docuseries, Will Pay Turner Nets $1.18M
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock has agreed to pay more than $1.17 million to Turner Entertainment Networks to settle a lawsuit over a female-focused docuseries he ended up not making. The project was shelved after he posted a confessional essay as the #MeToo movement was gaining strength.
The settlement (read it here) ends Turner’s lawsuit over the planned TNT docuseries Who Rules the World, whose logline says was to be about the most divisive and… Read
Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Decry Move To Keep Producer’s Emails Out Of Public Eye
Emails are emerging as the nucleus of Harvey Weinstein's defense in the criminal case that could see the much-accused producer behind bars for life but now another set of accusers want to keep that correspondence out of the press and the public eye.
It is a move that one Weinstein lawyer thinks will backfire in his client's favor in the courts and in the media.
"We are not surprised by the motion seeking a protective order," said Scott Cousins today in a statement on the… Read
CBS Picks 18 Recipients Of $20 Million Donation To Fight Against Workplace Sexual Harassment – Update
UPDATED to include statement from recipients: CBS has picked 18 recipients of a previously announced $20 million donation to support the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace.
The $20 million was deducted from the exit package of former CEO Les Moonves in September under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations.
The company said the organizations “represent different critical approaches to combating sexual harassment, including efforts to change culture and… Read
CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million To Settle Harassment Claim On ‘Bull’
CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to resolve claims that she was retaliated against for complaining about sexual harassment on the set of the prime time drama Bull, according to a report in the New York Times.
Dushku appeared in three episodes of the show and had been assured of a significant recurring role, the NYT Read
Cybill Shepherd Says Her ’90s Sitcom Ended Because She Refused Les Moonves’ Advances
Cybill Shepherd said her eponymous 1990s sitcom “would have run another five years” but she didn’t “fall on the right side” — meaning she refused to sleep with Les Moonves.
“I didn’t, I didn’t — wasn’t gonna fall at all for Les,” the former Moonlighting star said in an interview set to air today on SiriusXM’s The Michelle Collins Show.
Shepherd said she went on a dinner date with the now-disgraced CBS exec that was set up by their respective assistants. “We went to it… Read