Jeff Fager sent a text message to CBS reporter Jericka Duncan, warning him about the coverage of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him, just three days before his dismissal.
Duncan contacted the 60 Minutes producer a long time ago to ask him to comment on the new allegations of sexual harassment about him in a New Yorker story as the scandal involving CEO Les Moonves unfolded.
In the texts, which were sent after Duncan went to comment, Hager wrote: "If you repeat these false accusations without your report being based on them, you will be responsible for damaging me."
This was followed by a text that read: Be careful. There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me, and if you pass these damaging claims without your own report that supports them, it will become a serious problem. "
Just hours after Fager was fired on Wednesday, a composed Jericka Duncan spoke on CBS Evening News about text messages and then announced: "I'm that reporter."
Duncan, who was given the task of reporting on both Fager and Moonves for CBS News in recent days, went a step further and revealed the exchange that led to the departure of Fager.
Jeff Fager sent a text message to CBS journalist Jericka Duncan, warning him about the coverage of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him, only three days before his dismissal. She sees herself reporting on the messages on Wednesday night
Duncan scoffed at his appearance on Wednesday just before he appeared on the air to tell the story.
"A lot of people asked me if the text that Jeff Fager referred to was for me, it was, I'll have more reports on this tonight," he wrote on Twitter.
Once in the air, he said he felt the need to speak in light of recent events.
"Since Jeff Fager publicly referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it," he told viewers.
Shortly after the outlets began to hear the news of Fager's departure, he issued a statement of his own, in the light of which CBS News declined to comment on his specific violation.
"The company's decision had nothing to do with the false accusations printed in The New Yorker," said Fager.
"Instead, they canceled my contract ahead of time because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that it be fair to cover the story." My language was harsh and, although journalists are harshly demanding impartiality all the time, CBS did not like it. "
Text message threats: "If you repeat these false accusations without your own complaint being made to support them, you will be responsible for damaging me," Jeff Fager wrote in a text.
Fager sent these two text messages to Duncan after she asked him to comment on accusations of sexual misconduct against him in a New Yorker article.
He added: "A note of that kind should not lead to termination after 36 years, but it did."
The president of CBS News, David Rhodes, confirmed part of this also in his memorandum, writing: "This action today is not directly related to the complaints published in the press reports, which continue to be investigated independently & # 39;
Then it was noted: "However, it violated the company's policy and it is our commitment to maintain those policies at all levels."
Nineteen women have come forward to detail what they consider a hostile environment in 60 Minutes where the harassment was tolerated, with some details of specific incidents involving Fager.
Duncan scoffed at his segment the CBS Evening News on Wednesday only hours earlier
Sarah Johansen said that when she was an intern, Fager allegedly touched her buttocks at a party, and was later told that this movement was known as the "arm of Fager".
"Jeff Fager leaves the company in force immediately," read a memo sent to CBS staff on Wednesday afternoon.
"Bill Owens will lead the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I started the search for a new executive producer of the program."
That memo went on to say: "60 minutes is the most important news broadcast on television. We are fortunate to have incredibly talented journalists who we know will continue to deliver our defining research work.
On Sunday, Les Monves (right) resigned as CEO of CBS for a series of accusations of sexual misconduct. He was seen with his wife Julie Chen (right) for the first time since resigning