The meteoric rise and the impressive fall of & # 039; Mr TV & # 039; Les Moonves

Les Moonves appears in a 1985 photo. In the late 1970s, he abandoned his dreams of becoming a doctor to pursue acting in Hollywood and turned to television after failing to make a name for himself on stage.

Les Moonves appears in a 1985 photo. In the late 1970s, he abandoned his dreams of becoming a doctor to pursue acting in Hollywood and turned to television after failing to make a name for himself on stage.

Les Moonves appears in a 1985 photo. In the late 1970s, he abandoned his dreams of becoming a doctor to pursue acting in Hollywood and turned to television after failing to make a name for himself on stage.

The resignation of Les Moonves from CBS on Sunday after 12 women accused him of sexual misconduct brought an unpleasant end to a 20-year reign as CEO that has been peppered with marriage scandals and internal struggles over the company's future.

Moonves, 68, joined CBS as its president of entertainment in 1995. At that time, he had worked on television for around 20 years. His television career began in the late 1970s when he moved from his native New York to the west coast to pursue acting.

Moonves had grown up on the East Coast with plans to become a doctor.

His father owned gas stations and fell in love with the world of entertainment and storytelling as a child, when his mother occasionally took him to Manhattan to watch Broadway shows.

He graduated from Bucknell University of Pennsylvania in 1971, but moved to New York City where he worked as a bartender at Tavern on the Green to subsidize his life while taking classes at Neighborhood Playhouse after deciding that science was not for him.

"So here you are in a walkup on the third floor, fighting and attending the bar and going to the acting school.

"It was one of the best periods of my life," Moonves said nostalgically in a 2017 interview with the National Museum of United States History.

Finally, he moved to Los Angeles and got a break in 1981, morbidly due to the death of Natalie Wood.

At that time, Moonves and his friend Gregory Harrison had a small play, The Hasty Heart, which they were presenting at a small 99-seat theater in West Hollywood.

Moonves is represented during a 1973 production of The Green Cockatoo. After graduating from Bucknell University in 1971, he gave up his plans to become a doctor in pursuit of acting

Moonves is represented during a 1973 production of The Green Cockatoo. After graduating from Bucknell University in 1971, he gave up his plans to become a doctor in pursuit of acting

Moonves is represented during a 1973 production of The Green Cockatoo. After graduating from Bucknell University in 1971, he gave up his plans to become a doctor in pursuit of acting

Moonves was picked up by CBS in 1995 after successfully driving the entertainment division of Lorimar and Warner Bros Television

Moonves was picked up by CBS in 1995 after successfully driving the entertainment division of Lorimar and Warner Bros Television

Moonves was picked up by CBS in 1995 after successfully driving the entertainment division of Lorimar and Warner Bros Television

Moonves appears on the cover of The New Yorker in 1995 with George Clooney, Teri Hatcher and Jennifer Anniston. His careers were driven by the shows he starred in which he launched: Lois & Clark, E.R. and Friends.

Moonves appears on the cover of The New Yorker in 1995 with George Clooney, Teri Hatcher and Jennifer Anniston. His careers were driven by the shows he starred in which he launched: Lois & Clark, E.R. and Friends.

Moonves appears on the cover of The New Yorker in 1995 with George Clooney, Teri Hatcher and Jennifer Anniston. His careers were driven by the shows he starred in which he launched: Lois & Clark, E.R. and Friends.

Wood had to occupy the 3,000-seat Ahmanson Theater with his own work when he died, but his mysterious drowning left the theater with an open slot.

Moonves and Harrison filled it when two of the theater representatives came to watch their show and put them forward to replace it.

His first television job was in 1981 when he went to Columbia Pictures Television and worked in one of his production companies.

Then came a season on Fox then Lorimar. When Lorimar was bought by Warner Bros in 1990, Moonves, who had been an executive, was elevated.

It was during those years that he gave the green light to Friends and E.R. In 1993, he became the president of the television Warner Bros.

It was not until 1995 that he joined CBS as its entertainment president.

In 2000, he activated Survivor and activated the national appetite for reality television. He continued with Big Brother.

A series of slam dunks earned him the nickname Mr TV. They also paid generously. In 2011, he took home $ 69.9 million.

In 2016, he took home $ 69.6 million and in 2017, his combined salary between a salary, bonus and stock awards was $ 69.3 million.

As his television career skyrocketed, Moonves and his first marriage, with Nancy Wiesenfeld, broke down.

In 2004, the couple divorced after 26 years of marriage. They have three children together.

Moonves's first marriage to Nancy Wiesenfeld collapsed as his success grew. The couple is portrayed in 2000. In 2004, two weeks after ending their divorce, he married CBS anchor Julie Chen.

Moonves's first marriage to Nancy Wiesenfeld collapsed as his success grew. The couple is portrayed in 2000. In 2004, two weeks after ending their divorce, he married CBS anchor Julie Chen.

Moonves's first marriage to Nancy Wiesenfeld collapsed as his success grew. The couple is portrayed in 2000. In 2004, two weeks after ending their divorce, he married CBS anchor Julie Chen.

In 2004, Moonves married CBS anchor Julie Chen (pictured right). They have an eight-year-old son together in the photo (front). Moonves has three children with his ex-wife, including his adult daughter, Sara. They are represented together last Friday

In 2004, Moonves married CBS anchor Julie Chen (pictured right). They have an eight-year-old son together in the photo (front). Moonves has three children with his ex-wife, including his adult daughter, Sara. They are represented together last Friday

In 2004, Moonves married CBS anchor Julie Chen (pictured right). They have an eight-year-old son together in the photo (front). Moonves has three children with his ex-wife, including his adult daughter, Sara. They are represented together last Friday

Two weeks after the end of their divorce, she married Julie Chen, the host of Big Brother and The Talk whom she met through the network.

Their romance was marred in controversy because he was still legally married when they began to see each other. Now they have an eight-year-old son.

Nancy was marked by how the marriage ended.

"I felt that everyone knew what was happening [between Moonves and Chen]. And everyone knew it Except me.

Moonves had spent the last two years locked in a power struggle with Shari Redstone, vice president of CBS Corp and president of National Amusement Inc, for the future of CBS leadership.

Moonves had spent the last two years locked in a power struggle with Shari Redstone, vice president of CBS Corp and president of National Amusement Inc, for the future of CBS leadership.

Moonves had spent the last two years locked in a power struggle with Shari Redstone, vice president of CBS Corp and president of National Amusement Inc, for the future of CBS leadership.

"I knew our marriage would end eventually, but the way it happened was not right, it was not moral," he told The New York Daily News in 2004, saying he had never met Chen and that he "expected God" that he would never have to do it.

She and her three children with Moonves boycotted CBS as a result.

& # 39; Neither I nor our children have seen it in years. I do not want to see [Chen].

"It's not healthy for me or my children," he said.

Moonves' resignation on Sunday also closes the chapter on his ongoing fight with CBS vice president Shari Redstone.

For more than a year, he has been battling Redstone's efforts to merge CBS with Viacom.

His company, National Amusements Inc, has a majority stake in both.

Moonves wanted to weaken his control in CBS by diluting his property from 79 percent to 17 percent.

He sued her as a result, but dropped the suit on Sunday after his resignation.

In return, Redstone promised not to lead a merger of the two companies for another two years, while Moonves will remain an advisor.

Their dispute began when she forged plans for a merger that experts said threatened her leadership and gave her full control over the two operations.

She has always denied conspiracies to usurp control of Viacom and says she wants the merger to continue in the interest of her investment company.

The first revelations against Moonves were made last July. Six additional accounts were published Sunday in a New Yorker article that led to his resignation.

They alleged that the incidents occurred between 1985 and the beginning of the 2000s. They are counted below.

Phyliss Golden-Gottlieb

A former executive who worked with Moonves on Lorimar Television in the 1980s, Golden-Gottlieb alleges that Moonves forced her to perform oral sex with him.

She told Ronan Farrow that he grabbed my head and took her to his penis and stuck my penis in my mouth & # 39; She also remembered how the insensitive made her physically sick.

In another attack, Golden-Gottlieb claims that Moonves, angered by a work-related problem, threw her against a wall.

Now 82, she said she did not complain at the time because she was a single mother and had two children.

Phyliss Golden-Gottlieb, 82, (seen by famous attorney Gloria Allred on Monday) told Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow that Les Moonves forced her to perform oral sex with him.

Phyliss Golden-Gottlieb, 82, (seen by famous attorney Gloria Allred on Monday) told Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow that Les Moonves forced her to perform oral sex with him.

Phyliss Golden-Gottlieb, 82, (seen by famous attorney Gloria Allred on Monday) told Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow that Les Moonves forced her to perform oral sex with him.

After she rejected Moonves's advances, Golden-Gottlieb said she retaliated against her professionally and moved her to smaller and smaller offices.

Every two days, I would find a darker space, or a place down, or something like that. He absolutely ruined my career, "he said.

She later left the television industry to become an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles.

The executive also said she sought to bring criminal charges against the Los Angeles police in the wake of the #metoo movement. She said they found their claims credible, but they did not file charges because the statute of limitations has expired.

Jessica Pallingston

The writer alleges that Moonves forced her to perform oral sex with him when she worked as his temporary assistant at Warner Bros. in the spring of 1994. When he rejected his movements, he became hostile and called her & # 39; c *** & # 39; he says.

On his first day at work, Pallingston states that he went to the Moonves suite at the Regency Hotel and found him in a bathrobe.

She told the New Yorker Moonves that he offered her wine at 10 a.m. M. Then he continued to ask her personal questions, including whether she was single and her sexual orientation, she says.

Then Moonves supposedly asked for a massage. Pallingston said "it was uncomfortable, but I was trying to act as if it was hard and cool, like I could handle everything."

She says she remembers Moonves saying: "I could help you with your writing. I could help you, and if you do something good for me, I could do something good for you. "

She said that Moonves then kissed her, pushing her tongue down her throat "like she was trying to reach my stomach". Then, he said, & # 39; I want you to wash my c *** & # 39;

"He pushed my head down, hard," he said. "It was very violent, very aggressive, there was real hostility in that."

Moonves supposedly began to test her breasts and, she said, "she kept saying," Come on, let's go to ***. "Before leaving, she said:" He took my hand and shook it. " and he said: You did a great job & # 39;

The couple met again when Pallingston worked as Moonves's assistant when he made a trip to New York. She told the magazine that she was "a little gropey, but not much".

On a third occasion, she alleges that she had been fondled almost immediately after the meeting.

Pallingston lied and said he was committed. She remembers that Moonves became "cold as ice, hostile, unpleasant because I rejected him".

Pallingston said that for many years she felt embarrassed about what had happened and rarely told the story to her friends and colleagues. It was only after the MeToo movement gained momentum that she realized that she no longer had to feel ashamed.

Deborah Green

Green was an independent makeup artist who worked for CBS in the early 2000s. One day, he was tasked with applying Moonves's makeup before a video session.

Then, she returned to her office to remove makeup and supposedly Moonves asked for a massage.

Then he got up, turned and grabbed her, she says. "He stuck my tongue in my throat," he told The New Yorker. "It was like a strong grip."

Green decided not to report the incident. "I did not want to jeopardize my livelihood," he said. "Knowing that Les is powerful is why I did not say anything at the time, I was a makeup artist who had no voice."

Deborah Morris

Morris was a young executive who worked at Lorimar in the 1980s.

He went to Moonves's office to talk about several projects where he was offered a glass of wine that he could not refuse.

"Suddenly, he was by my side," he told the New Yorker. "He said:" How about a kiss? "" I said no. "And he said:" No, come on, how about a kiss? It's nothing. How about a little kiss? " ? & # 39; & # 39;

Moonves continued his advances for several months, he says. She told the magazine that one night the couple was in their Porsche when he suddenly grabbed her and tried to kiss her.

Morris ended up moving away and hitting Moonves. She got out of the car and ran.

After the meeting, Moonves refused to talk to her, and she was frozen at meetings in Lorimar, she claimed. "I went to sit down to dry," he said. "And that was practically the end of my career." I was not going to get a reference. "

When Morris contemplated filing a formal complaint without mentioning the names, he said that the company's human and legal resources departments discouraged her.

& # 39; Who will believe you? You're nobody, "recalled his contact in the legal department saying.

& # 39; Your statement was incredible. Absolutely incredible. It made me sick, "he told me." He's cunning, he's calculating, and he's a predator. "

Linda Silverthorn

The writer met with Moonves in 1990 at Warner Bros.

Six years earlier, in 1984, when she was an assistant, and he was vice president of Twentieth Century Fox, Moonves had proposed her, offering to help him in his career.

The two had consensual sexual encounters in their office over the course of about a month, she says.

But when the couple met again, Silverthorn thought he was going to meet Moonves professionally.

As soon as she entered her office, Silverthorn alleges that Moonves closed the door of her office, took several drinks of coffee, grabbed her and lifted her from the chair where she was sitting.

"He kissed me while we were standing, the coffee was on his breath," he recalled. & # 39; And then he just pulled out his penis & # 39; and moved it towards his hand.

After the episode, Moonves told her that the studio had no chance for her, she says.

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But it was not only the women who work in the entertainment business who were allegedly assaulted but also in the hospitality industry.

Deborah Kitay

Masseur Deborah Kitay reveals that she was harassed by Moonves in the 1990s

Masseur Deborah Kitay reveals that she was harassed by Moonves in the 1990s

Masseur Deborah Kitay reveals that she was harassed by Moonves in the 1990s

Kitay worked as a masseuse in Los Angeles and said that Moonves harassed her when she massaged him in her office and at home in the late 1990s.

"In a nutshell, every time I went there for a year and a half or two years, he would ask me to work up on his leg in a clearly sexual way."

On one occasion, he alleges that Moonves asked him to touch his penis and threw a towel that covered him, thus exposing himself.

She said the experience was "very stressful," but that she never stopped the sessions, fearing that Moonves' complaints could hurt her career.

Kitay told The New Yorker that the treatment she received from Moonves eventually made her reject male clients and then quit massage therapy altogether.

The above statements were made in the most recent New Yorker article on Sunday.

Moonves said in response to the six stories above: "The atrocious accusations in this article are false.

"What is certain is that I had consensual relationships with three of the women about 25 years ago before coming to CBS, and I have never used my position to impede the advancement or careers of women.

"In my 40 years of work, I have never heard of such disturbing accusations before, I can only assume that they are now emerging for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation and my career ".

Moonves was accused of harassment and intimidation by six other women in the earlier work of New Yorker, published on July 27.

Illeana Douglas

Six Feet Under Actress Illeana Douglas said during a 1997 meeting with Moonves that he kissed her "violently" and then raised her skirt while pushing her excited groin inside her.

Six Feet Under Actress Illeana Douglas said during a 1997 meeting with Moonves that he kissed her "violently" and then raised her skirt while pushing her excited groin inside her.

Six Feet Under Actress Illeana Douglas said during a 1997 meeting with Moonves that he kissed her "violently" and then raised her skirt while pushing her excited groin inside her.

Douglas told The New Yorker that she defended herself from Moonves in 1996 after signing a $ 300,000 deal with CBS.

The two of them spent months working together and Douglas said that she came to see him as a "father", until the day he supposedly forced her into his office.

Douglas, who had just separated from Marin Scorsese and was working on the chain's Queens series, said that everything happened in an instant.

"In a millisecond, he has an arm over me, immobilizing me," said Douglas, who described the "physical aspect" of the incident as horrific.

Douglas said that she finally broke free from Moonves, but that, unable to perform on the set, she found herself out of work shortly thereafter and was replaced in the television series.

She told several people and got a lawyer, which resulted in CBS paying $ 125,000 for her work in Queens and $ 250,000 for starring in a television miniseries.

"Step from being sexually assaulted, fired for not having sex with Les Moonves, farewell to all, a & # 39; We will pay you in full and we also want you to be in this miniseries", said Douglas.

"I understand that this is what they were going to do in exchange for not demanding."

When asked to comment on the agreement of the miniseries and the payment to Douglas, CBS said: "No funds were added for settlement purposes. The amount paid was half of what was owed, which is not what one could do if you are concerned about a claim like this. "

Janet Jones

In the spring of 1985, Jones was trying to enter the industry as a writer, so he was glad when producer Mike Marvin helped organize a meeting between her and Moonves, then vice president of Twentieth-Century Fox.

Jones was surprised when Moonves offered him a glass of wine before its launch, so he refused and sat on the sofa. But then, he told the New Yorker, he went around the corner of the table and threw himself on top of me. It was very fast ".

Moonves, he alleged, started to kiss her and when she fought she screamed, "What do you think you're doing?" Then he remembered him saying: "Well, I was hitting you. I wanted a kiss. "When she left, he called her to" calm down. "

When he reached the door, he realized that it was closed. "If you do not open this door," he said, "I will scream so loud and loud that everyone will come."

Moonves, she said then, walked to her desk to open the door, instead of directly. Jones said that bothered her when she realized she had prepared for such a situation.

After telling several people about the meeting, Jones says that Moonves called her on the phone and threatened to keep quiet about what happened or that he would "ruin his career."

Christine Peters

Christine Peters, who accuses Moonves of forcing her into a business meeting, is photographed in Los Angeles on December 21, 2017

Christine Peters, who accuses Moonves of forcing her into a business meeting, is photographed in Los Angeles on December 21, 2017

Christine Peters, who accuses Moonves of forcing her into a business meeting, is photographed in Los Angeles on December 21, 2017

The producer also described Moonves forcing himself on her during a business meeting.

In the early 2000s, Peters was already an industry veteran, having worked on successful films such as The Godfather and Chinatown, often relying on his friend and confidant Sumner Redstone for advice and help.

In 2006, Peters and Redstone dined with Moonves, then president of CBS, to discuss their plans to launch CBS Studios.

Redstone suggested that Peters could be an executive in the studio, an idea that seemed to thrill Moonves. The couple met in their office to discuss the prospect, and Peters began to deliver a detailed plan and his idea to target the female population.

While she continued, Peters joined her in the carriage and sat uncomfortably close, he told the New Yorker. Then, she says, he put his hand on her skirt and touched her underwear. In shock, Peters says he tried to make an excuse to go to his car.

Prominent actress (without name)

A leading actress playing a female cop on a popular CBS show also came forward to tell her story, but refused to reveal her name for fear of reprisal.

Moonves invited her to lunch in the late 1980s at the height of her program's popularity. I had known Moonves for years, and at that time I worked for a production company called Lorimar.

During lunch, Moonves told the actress that he was in love with her, but he had not said it before because she had had a relationship. She thanked him for lunch, but refused his advances.

When Moonves became president of CBS in 1995, she phoned him to congratulate him. "You should have fucked me when I asked you too," he said. Taking this as a joke, the actress replied: "No, shit!" and both laughed.

However, shortly after, the actress was informed that her serial agreement with CBS had been canceled. Impressed, she called Moonves and they met in her office. There, Moonves explained that he had let her go because he was aiming at a younger talent, but he repeated that he was "attracted to her," he says.

After the actress said she was going to leave, Moonves told her to sit down. She did, then fiddled with the food on her plate until she had an excuse to leave and got up to leave.

Then, she says: "I went over and I leaned over to kiss her on the cheek", but Moonves kissed her by force and "sank her tongue into my throat". Disgusted, she left the room crying and never worked for CBS again.

Dinah Kirgo

The Emmy-winning writer of The Tracey Ullman Show met Moonves in the early 1980s with her sister and production partner Julie Kirgo to talk about a television deal. After a productive meeting, the women were sure they had a deal.

When Dinah arrived at her house, she received a call from Moonves to invite her to dinner. She said that she and her sister would be happy to please, to which she allegedly replied: "No, just you and me. You're very expensive, and I need to know you're worth it. "

Kirgo says he turned down the offer and said, "Well, Leslie, I do not think your wife wants us to have that kind of dinner." She claims that Moonves hung up and never contacted her again.

Later, his agents began to hear reports with which it was difficult to work, a claim that nobody had said before and, he suggested, could have been broadcast by Moonves as revenge for rejecting him.

Kimberley

A former child star who just wanted to be identified by her first name met Moonves in 1992 after a friend told her she could help her get back on television. The three sat down to a dinner, which began with Moonves asking questions about her acting career.

When her friend went to use the bathroom, she says that Moonves turned to her and said, "Let's go. Let's just get a hotel room. Let's do this. & # 39; She was surprised and explained that she had a husband and a son, after which Moonves became angry and left. CBS said that Moonves had no record of the meeting.

Responding to the previous six stories, Moonves told the New Yorker: "Throughout my time at CBS, we have fostered a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and we have always succeeded in elevating women to senior management positions throughout our company.

"I recognize that there were times when decades ago, when I was able to make some women feel uncomfortable making advances, those were mistakes, and I deeply regret them.

"But I always understood and respected, and I accepted the principle, that" no "means" no ", and I have never abused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career.

"This is a time when we are all appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution."

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