New accuser says she confronted Leslie Moonves in public

A woman who has accused former CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves of an inappropriate sexual approach said Wednesday that she later walked up to Moonves in front of his wife at a restaurant to mention the meeting in question.

"I did say, 'I wonder if you remember me — I pitched a story to you many years ago,'" the woman, June Seley Kimmel, said in an interview with NBC News. "And he kind of reddened and said, 'Yes, I do believe I do.'"

Apparently referring to Moonves' wife, Kimmel said she added: "Then I just looked at her and left."

Kimmel, a former actor from Delray Beach, Florida, who is now a social justice and animal rights activist, tweeted about what she called the "gross" 1985 encounter in December 2017.

But her allegation didn't reach wide public attention until she published an essay Wednesday in The Hollywood Reporter about the 1985 encounter during a meeting in which she was pitching a project to Moonves, who was then the head of development at 20th Century Fox.

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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)

Kimmel told NBC News that the meeting went "fantastically, it really did."

Moonves "loved it - he literally was, you know, jumping up and down cheering," she said.

At the end of the meeting, she said, Moonves "got up and came over and he hugged me, and I thought it was very nice, and then he grabbed me very hard, and he didn't kiss me. He just stuck his tongue in my mouth.

"I was really shocked, and it was gross," Kimmel said. "It was very unappealing."

The project was never made, said Kimmel, who she made it clear in a follow-up telephone call that she wouldn't have sex with Moonves.

"When I didn't have sex with him, that was it," she said. "He wasn't going to give me what I was there to get."

Kimmel said that by dropping the project, Moonves "took money out of his shareholders' pockets and out of his company's pockets."

"His penis came before profits," she said.

Moonves resigned as chief executive of CBS in September after six more women accused him on the record of sexual harassment or assault, bringing the number of women to have accused him at the time to 12.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that lawyers hired by CBS to investigate the accusations were preparing to tell the company that it has reason to deny him $120 million in severance payments.

The Times said it learned of the investigators' intentions from a draft of their report. In a statement, the investigators told NBC News:

"No findings have been reported to the Board. The Board has reached no conclusions on this matter. The investigators and the Board are committed to a thorough and fair process. No draft of the investigators' ongoing work product has been shared with the Board or the Company. Our work is still in progress and there are bound to be many facts and assessments that evolve and change as the work is completed."

Moonves' attorney, Andrew Levander, told The Times that Moonves "denies having any nonconsensual sexual relation" and that he had "cooperated extensively and fully with investigators."

Kimmel didn't say precisely when the restaurant meeting with Moonves and his wife occurred. Moonves was divorced from Nancy Wiesenfeld and married Julie Chen, a longtime CBS personality who is the host of "Big Brother," in 2004.

According to The Times, the CBS report cites the marriage to Chen as a "bright light" under which Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct appeared to stop.

Kimmel said that while the 1985 incident "knocked the wind out of my sales at the time I could have used it," she felt especially bad for "someone who's in a chronically desperate situation and they have to say yes."

"I think it's time for this chapter in our long, long history — it's not going to happen in my lifetime, probably — it's got to end."

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