Leslie Moonves poised to depart CBS as new sexual assault allegations surface in New Yorker report

Leslie Moonves’ tenure at CBS Corp. is expected to end within the next 24 hours as new allegations of sexual assault and harassment surface in an investigative report by Ronan Farrow.

The report published Sunday by the New Yorker includes allegations against the CBS Corp. chairman-CEO from six women who say they had disturbing encounters with Moonves, with some claims going back to the 1980s through the early 2000s.

Phyliss Golden-Gottlieb, who worked with Moonves at Lorimar Television in the 1980s, alleges that Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him, among other allegations.

In a statement to the New Yorker, Moonves said some of the encounters described in the story were consensual. Daniel Petrocelli, an attorney for Moonves, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday morning.

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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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“The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS,” Moonves told the New Yorker. “And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”

The allegations come about six weeks after Farrow published his first New Yorker expose on Moonves on July 27. The report forced CBS’ board of directors to hire two law firms to launch an internal investigation of Moonves’ conduct.

In a statement, CBS cited the ongoing investigation. The company would not comment on Moonves’ status. Multiple sources say the announcement of his departure from the company he has helped lead for 23 years is coming by Monday.

“CBS takes these allegations very seriously. Our Board of Directors is conducting a thorough investigation of these matters, which is ongoing,” CBS said in a statement.

Moonves in recent days has been negotiating an exit agreement with the CBS board, given the pressure created by the initial Farrow report. Reports that the talks have been focused on a severance package of $100 million or more have spurred outrage among many observers. The Time’s Up advocacy group issued a statement on Thursday blasting CBS for considering such a sum in light of the allegations.

Moonves responded to the first story with a statement expressing regret for having “made some women uncomfortable by making advances.” Last month, Moonves hired prominent litigator Daniel Petrocelli to represent him in connection with CBS’ internal probe.

Industry observers were surprised when the CBS board opted to keep Moonves in his post as chairman-CEO while the investigation was conducted.

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