Los Angeles prosecutors decline sex abuse charges against Les Moonves

LOS ANGELES — A woman told Los Angeles police that Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS, sexually abused her in the 1980s but prosecutors have declined to pursue the case because the statute of limitations has expired, prosecutors told NBC News on Tuesday.

The unidentified woman, an acquaintance of Moonves, went to police in February to report three incidents, one from 1986 and two others in 1988.

"Victim disclosed the second two incidents to a friend approximately a year before making report to law enforcement," according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney charge evaluation worksheet.

The revelation follows an article published Friday in The New Yorker in which six women, four of whom spoke on the record, alleged sexual harassment or misconduct by Moonves. The allegations date from the 1980s to the 2000s. Four of the women alleged forcible touching or kissing, and two others alleged sexual misconduct or harassment.

It is not known whether the woman who went to police is among those who spoke to the New Yorker.

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CA.Moonves.1.0731.RG �� CBS President Leslie Moonves at CBS studios, Wednesday, July 30, 1996. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Television executive Leslie Moonves and wife Nancy Wiesenfeld attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 6: Television executive Leslie Moonves attends the 'Chicago' Opening Night Performance on May 6, 1998 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MAY 04: Mayor Rudy Giuliani is flanked by CBS President Leslie Moonves (left) and Donald Trump at news conference at the GM Building, where CBS announced that Bryant Gumbel will be the host of its new morning news program, 'This Morning.' Show, to be launched Nov. 1, will broadcast from Trump's International Plaza Building., (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
E367122 18: Leslie Moonves of CBS attends The Variety/Schroders Big Picture Media Conference, April 4, 2000 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer)
President and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves atThe Front Row conference on the business of media and entertainment in New York City, New York on Tuesday February 27, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/Getty Images
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 15: Television executive Leslie Moonves attends the CBS Upront Party on May 15, 2001 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Leslie Moonves and Ted Danson at The Museum of Television and Radio's annual Los Angeles gala to honor Ted Danson and Dick Wolf at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Leslie Moonves during Television Critics Association UPN Day - Arrivals at Renissance Hotel in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman CBS during 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' Fourth Season Premiere Screening at Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
George Lopez and Leslie Moonves, co-president of Viacom (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 2: Television personality Julie Chen (L) and her husband President and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves arrive at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 2, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 16: President and CEO of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves arrives at the launch party for the video game 'Fallout: New Vegas' at the Rain Nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort October 16, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corp., speaks during the "Outlook for the Entertainment Industry" panel at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT MEDIA)
(L-R) TV personality Julie Chen and President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the Vanity Fair party during the 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Leslie Moonves attends The Hollywood Radio & Television Society presents 'A Conversation with Leslie Moonves' at The Beverly Hilton hotel on November 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation attends Loews Regency Hotel Power Breakfast Event at the Loews Regency Hotel on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attends the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attends the 2014 God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Leslie Moonves attends the closing night gala screening of 'Patriots Day' at the 2016 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Leslie Moonves is pictured at the Boston premiere of the movie 'Patriots Day' at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston on Dec. 14, 2016. He is Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of CBS Corp. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 11: (L-R) Julie Chen and Leslie 'Les' Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, arrive for a morning session of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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In response, CBS issued a statement last week saying they were "very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously" and adding "We do not believe, however, that the picture of our company created in The New Yorker represents a larger organization that does its best to treat its tens of thousands of employees with dignity and respect. We are seeing vigorous discourse in our country about equality, inclusion and safety in the workplace, and CBS is committed to being part of the solution to those important issues."

On Monday, the CBS board of directors announced that they were in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations leveled against Moonves.

Moonves has disputed other aspects of the New Yorker report. "I always understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that 'no' means 'no,' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career," he said. A spokesperson for CBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News regarding the prosecutors' decision.

The case was handled by the Los Angeles County DA’S Entertainment Sex Crimes Task Force, which is reviewing about a dozen cases involving Hollywood figures accused of criminal misconduct ranging from inappropriate touching to rape. Prosecutors have declined to bring charges in another dozen cases citing issues including the expiration of the statute of limitations and insufficient evidence to uncooperative victims.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 11: CBS president and Viacom CEO Leslie Moonves and his wife TV personality Julie Chen arrive to the American Theater Wing Annual Dinner. This year's Spring benefit honors CBS Television and it's chairman Leslie Moonves held at Cipriani's 42nd St. April 11, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves during 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Mortons in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen during CBS at 75 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 7: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves attend the New York premiere of Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill Vol. 1' at the Ziegfeld Theater October 7, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves;Julie Chen attends the 59th Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall, New York BRIAN ZAK. (Photo by Brian ZAK/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen during The Museum of Television & Radio Honors Leslie Moonves and Jerry Bruckheimer - Arrivals at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves during Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios' World Premiere of 'Freedomland' at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 30: CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves (R) and TV personality Julie Chen arrive at the first annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 30, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 06: President and CEO of the CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves and his wife Julie Chen attend the grand opening of the CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on September 6, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mary Schwalm/Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend the '63rd Annual Tony Awards' at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
CBS News anchor Julie Chen and husband, CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves attend the 2011 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: TV personality Julie Chen and President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS CorporationLeslie Moonves arrive at The Weinstein Company And Relativity Media's 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves arrives at the 2012 TCA Summer Tour - CBS, Showtime And The CW Party at 9900 Wilshire Blvd on July 29, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: TV personality Julie Chen AND President & CEO of the CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the Vanity Fair Party during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend The Weinstein Company's 2013 Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: TV personality Julie Chen and CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves attend AFI's 41st Life Achievement Award Tribute to Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 23647_003_SK_1164.JPG (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: President and chief executive officer of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves and television personality Julie Chen attend the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Producer Julie Chen and President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party at State Supreme Courthouse on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Producer Julie Chen (L) and President of CBS Leslie Moonves attend Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend the 2015 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Julie Chen (L) and CBS' Leslie Moonves arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Julie Chen (L) and CBS' Leslie Moonves arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Television personality Julie Chen (L) and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves attend the premiere of CBS's 'Star Trek: Discovery' at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (Tyler Golden/ABC via Getty Images) JULIE CHEN, LESLIE MOONVES
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