CBS Under New York Investigation Linked To Ex-CEO Leslie Moonves


In a regulatory filing on Friday evening, CBS Corp revealed that the company is currently under investigation by both New York city and state officials. The probe is linked to the accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Leslie Moonves, its former chief executive.

The revelations of the investigation come just hours after the new board of directors of CBS met for the first time in New York.

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, The broadcast and media firm received subpoenas from the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the New York County District Attorney’s Office that are related to the allegations against Moonves, CBS News, and some cultural issues in the firm.

CBS said that the New York State Attorney General has also requested some data regarding the allegations.

Early this month, Moonves stepped down from his post in CBS  after two New Yorker magazine probes disclosed that a dozen women accused him of assault or harassment.

Moonves is accused of sexual misconduct that dates back years. He was also accused of using his clout to harm the careers of women who denied him; he has since denied the allegations. The New Yorker report also zeroed in on what various sources said was a frequently hostile working environment for women at CBS News, particularly in “60 Minutes,” where Jeff Fager its longtime executive producer, was removed from the company earlier this month.

In a regulatory filing, CBS stated: “The Company may receive additional related regulatory and investigative inquiries from these and other entities in the future.”

It added: “The Company is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and related inquiries.”

CBS refused to issue further comments regarding the matter.

Shortly after the July report of the New Yorker on Moonves, CBS sought the services of two law firms, Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling, to investigate the said claims. The investigation is still ongoing.