CBS chief Les Moonves accused of sexual misconduct

Leslie "Les" Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, will be accused of sexual misconduct in a new report by journalist Ronan Farrow.

"The allegations are said in part to involve instances of unwanted kissing and touching that occurred more than 20 years ago, as well as numerous claims that occurred more recently", The Hollywood Reporter reported.

USA television network CBS says it is investigating amid reports its top executive has been accused of sexual misconduct. The company's board said it will conduct a full investigation, as reported by Dow Jones. A spokesperson for The New Yorker did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment, but told The Hollywood Reporter: "We don't comment on pieces we haven't published".

The CBS board's statement noted the timing of the New Yorker article and said that the company's managers continued to have the board's support.

The New Yorker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service for stories published past year by Farrow, a contributing writer, that exposed the alleged pattern of sexual predation by movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

But his tenure at the top of the network, which he joined in 1995, has been marked by a power struggle with Shari Redstone who, through her family's business National Amusements, is the controlling shareholder in both CBS and the media conglomerate, Viacom.

The 11 independent members of CBS board are in the process of hiring a law firm to handle the probe. He is now embroiled in a fight with Shari Redstone of Viacom Corp., which is trying to merge with CBS.

CBS said it is investigating the new claims against the CEO.

He is also married to Julie Chen, the host of two shows on the network, "The Talk" and "Big Brother". He was appointed chairman and CEO in 2003. "Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners".

  • Jacqueline Ellis