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Stephen Colbert Addresses CBS Boss Les Moonves Sexual Misconduct Allegations

31 July 2018

CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert took on the scandal surrounding network CEO Leslie Moonves on Monday after six women accused the executive of sexual misconduct in a New Yorker article published last week.

The company's board held a previously scheduled meeting Monday, where directors were expected to discuss the allegations against Moonves, a 68-year-old veteran media executive.

Six women told The New Yorker that Moonves sexually harassed them. "Make no mistake, Les Moonves is my guy", he said. The CBS board of directors is set to meet later today to consider its options amid the growing crisis.

The revelations come amid a legal battle for control of the U.S. television giant - between the Redstone family, which controls CBS, and the board, chaired by Moonves.

The US television network's board said it would also reschedule its annual shareholders meeting, which was due for 10 August, to a later date.

Colbert noted that Moonves had "stood by [his show] when people were mad at me and I like him", but he said that wouldn't stop him from holding him accountable for potential wrongdoings.

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Les is now married to CBS anchor, producer, and TV host Julie Chen, with whom he shares an 8-year-old son, Charlie. Having been in SC with no internet, Colbert "heard there was an article about CBS Chairman and man-I-hope-isn't-watching-tonight's-monologue Leslie Moonves". "He came around the corner of the table and threw himself on top of me", Jones told Farrow.

A lot of powerful men have been taken down by good reporting in the past 10 months and this weekend, The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow - the reporter behind the original Harvey Weinstein story - exposed yet another one. Chen's The Talk co-star Sharon Osbourne questioned "the timing" of the allegations against Moonves as she offered support to the high-profile CBS couple.

He continued: "I don't know what's going to happen, but I do believe in accountability - and not just for politicians you disagree with". She is a former CBS news anchor who also hosts the "Big Brother" reality show.

If Moonves is suspended or departs altogether, CBS will face a serious power vacuum at a time of rapid change roiling the industry. Moonves, in the article, acknowledged there were times decades ago when he may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances, but he said he never used his position to harm anyone's career.

Moonves, who has run the current CBS since 2006, has steered the company aggressively into the streaming arena.