Alleged victims in story about Leslie Moonves, CBS were 'terrified': Ronan Farrow
The reporter who broke the New Yorker story about CBS executive Les Moonves allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct described the women in his exposé as being "terrified" and "intimidated."
Ronan Farrow appeared on "Good Morning America" on Saturday to discuss the shocking allegations of sexual misconduct laid out against Moonves.
"We’re really careful not to draw inferences that are speculative at all, but these are stories one after another of varying degrees of severity up to and including cases in which women say they were pinned down and struggled to escape," Farrow told "GMA" Saturday. "These are stories that happened during business meetings, which I believe was particularly devastating for these women that expected to be taken seriously."
The story claims Moonves engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, including unwanted kissing and touching, much of which allegedly occurred over 20 years ago, though some extended into the 2000s.
"These are all stories where women said one after another that they were terrified and intimidated and that they’ve felt their career suffer as a result," Farrow added. "And another point I’d like to make is that they said that they’re speaking out because they’re afraid that there’s a broader culture of impunity across this company, which is something we’ve heard from dozens of people."
Moonves is the latest prominent entertainment figure to face a reckoning in the #MeToo movement after the story was published Friday calling into account his behavior over decades.
In a statement Friday, Moonves denied any allegations of sexual assault but acknowledged, "I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely."
"Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our company," the statement read. "I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But 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. This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution."
CBS said in a statement it is "very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously."
"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," the statement continued. "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."
The media company's stock fell by more than 5 percent Friday afternoon amid news of the impending investigation and the allegations.
Moonves' wife, Julie Chen, made her support for her husband clear on Twitter, describing him as a "good man and loving father who "has always been a kind, decent and moral human being."
"I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years," Chen's statement read. "Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him in this statement.
Actress and director Illeana Douglas, who was in "Goodfellas" and "Cape Fear," alleged in Farrow's article that Moonves forced himself on her at a meeting in his office in the late 1990s, kissing her and lifting up her skirt. She said she believes she was fired for resisting his advances.
"Real change will occur when victims of sexual assaults are not stigmatized as whistle blowers, or people with some kind of agenda for coming forward," Douglas wrote in a statement. "Real change will occur when opportunities to work at companies where assaults have occurred are no longer condoned.
"Speaking for myself, real change will occur when I can walk through the front doors of CBS and resume the creative and working relationship that was so tragically cut short in 1997," she said.
CBS’ independent board of directors said in a statement it would investigate the accusations.
"All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously," the directors said in an emailed statement. "The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action. The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company's very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members. Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners."
Farrow said Moonves' influence spread throughout the company as a whole.
"We did hear from dozens and dozens of current and former employees that they have seen a culture of harassment and retaliation," Farrow said. "And that flowed from Mr. Moonves to different facets of this company."
The article outlines allegations against other CBS employees, including prominent "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager, as well.
In a statement, CBS said that it is "very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously," but added that it does not believe "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," the network said.
The New Yorker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service for stories published last year by Farrow, a contributing writer, that exposed the alleged pattern of sexual predation by movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Farrow said he's received information on other cases of sexual misconduct, hinting that other big cases could still become public.
"I will say that I’ve been in a fortunate position as a reporter Dan to receive leads from a lot of brave people who speak out about tough stories that have been buried for a long time and that still need to see the light of day," he told "GMA." "I think we’re in a time of incredible change, but I think we have a long way to go."
July 28, 2018
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or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Deven Davis, left, wife of Korn lead singer, Jonathan Davis, has died, Fox News can confirm. She was 39. (Getty) </p><p>Deven Davis, the wife of Korn's lead singer, Jonathan Davis, has died, Fox News can confirm. She was 39. </p><p>“The Davis family is broken-hearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," the family said in a statement to Fox News issued through the band's record label, Roadrunner Records. </p><p>"We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private," the statement continued. "We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."</p><p>Per the outlet, Jonathan filed for a domestic violence restraining order Friday, the same day his estranged wife reportedly died. According to TMZ, a judge issued a temporary order blocking Deven from any child custody or visitation, as well as, prohibited her from having contact with the family's dog. </p><p>TMZ reports that in the court papers, Jonathan alleged Deven battled drug addiction for more than 20 years, and had been to rehab six times. He also claims she "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."</p><p>According to the outlet, Deven went missing from a sober home last Friday, and hadn’t been seen for a week before her death.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
portrayal of a brutal inmate on "Orange is the New Black," deserves another look off-screen as well.</p><p> Phillips has battled addiction and made disturbing sexual abuse allegations well before such revelations were common, and she's forthright when asked to look back at those dark chapters.</p><p> But it's the work that's keeping her busy and fulfilled now — whether acting or helping people address addiction at a Southern California treatment facility — that she'd rather concentrate on.</p><p> Her personal life also is "fantastic," she said, including her relationships with her half-siblings (actress Bijou Phillips and singer Chynna Phillips are among them).</p><p> There was conflicting family reaction when Phillips alleged sexual abuse by her father, the late John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas musical fame, in her 2009 memoir "High on Arrival."</p><p> Phillips, 58, who gained fame in the 1970s on the sitcom "One Day at a Time" but lost the role as fallout from her drug and alcohol use, appears on the Netflix reboot as leader of a veterans support group. On Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," Phillips is nearly unrecognizable as Barbara, whose face shows her cruelty and self-destructiveness.</p><p> Drugs also are part of the character's life, a real-life parallel that Phillips addressed during an interview with The Associated Press. Remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity.</p><p> AP: You mentioned viewers have been taken aback by how you look playing Barbara. Any hesitation to take the part because of ego?</p><p> Phillips: No, because it's a character. And I'm a woman of a certain age who hasn't had any plastic surgery and plans to keep it that way. Consider this: Had I been Botox'd and nipped and tucked and lifted, they never would have hired me. I'm very proud of my age because I never thought I would live this long.</p><p> AP: Did you feel removed enough from your own drug use to play an addicted character?</p><p> Phillips: People said, 'Weren't you triggered by snorting fake drugs?' I was like, 'No, I was absolutely filled with the deepest gratitude that I don't live that way.' It's very bleak, and there's nothing to look forward to but the next hit for Barb. So when she she's not getting high, she starts focusing all that beautiful energy that you could focus on wellness or helping people on revenge and resentment. It's pretty textbook that energy needs to be focused somewhere purposeful or you're going to get high again.</p><p> Phillips: Well, this is where it gets interesting. I have come to the conclusion, throughout many years of sobriety, that time does not treat nor does it barely heal this thing. Otherwise I wouldn't have relapsed and gotten arrested almost 10 years ago to the day. Demi Lovato, bless her heart, I'm so supportive of her, wouldn't have relapsed after six years if it mattered how long a person was sober.</p><p> Phillips: What you're doing in the day that you've been given that's taking you away from a drink or a drug, and what are you doing that's taking you back toward one. Are you helping other people? Because in this whole world of recovery you cannot keep it unless you give it away. You can't like hold your recovery to yourself.</p><p> AP: Do you think your allegations about your father, which got sharp pushback, would have been perceived differently in the MeToo era?</p><p> Phillips: I think that if 'High on Arrival' came out now, people would not have been speculating on whether I was a liar or not. I remember watching one of those evening magazine shows and they actually had a body language expert who was looking at clips of me talking on 'Oprah' and seeing whether or not from my body language if I was lying. I don't think that would be considered appropriate today. So I think it would have been a very different experience. But I'm not sure.</p><p> Phillips: My life is fantastic. I've been in the same house for 18 years. I have a 31-year-old son named Shane, who is a spectacular human being. I have a bunch of dogs. I'm in relationships with my sisters. I mean, it's an incredible thing.</p><p> Lynn Elber can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.</p>
sion.</p><p>Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album, “Sweetener,” dropped today, and she was not shy about pouring some sugary sentiments on her fiance, “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson.</p><p>In fact, one song — well, it’s more like an interlude — makes the object of her dedication absolutely clear with its title: “Pete Davidson.” </p><p>One of 10 tracks that Grande cowrote on her new LP, “Pete Davidson” paints their whirlwind romance — they got engaged in June after only a few weeks of dating — as a cosmic force: “Universe must have my back/Fell from the sky into my lap/And I know you know/That you’re my soulmate and all that.”</p><p>Clearly, Grande wants the world to just how blissful she is: She uses the word “happy” 22 times in the track’s 1 minute and 14 seconds, according to the lyrics page.</p><p>And Davidson is feeling the recording love he’s getting: In an Instagram video that Grande posted, he proclaimed that “Pete Davidson” is one of his five favorite “Sweetener” songs. </p><p>Much of “Sweetener” is produced by Mr. “Happy” himself, Pharrell Williams. He supplies vocals on the fun, funky “Blazed” and was also behind the boards for the comforting closer, “Get Well Soon.”</p><p>Elsewhere on “Sweetener” — the follow-up to 2016’s “Dangerous Woman” — Grande gets some support from two hip-hop queens: Nicki Minaj (on “The Light Is Coming”) and Missy Elliott (on “Borderline“).</p><p>The pony-tailed diva is up for five awards — including Video of the Year for “No Tears Left to Cry”— at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards. She’ll also perform at the ceremony, which comes back to Radio City Music Hall for the first time since 2009.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
than a half-million dollars' worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West.</p><p> The missing art may be linked to a former police detective whose 1985 killing was never solved.</p><p> The 91-year-old artist, Gregory Perillo, said Friday that the break-in at his Staten Island home was "heartbreaking" and that he'd be happy to see the works recovered.</p><p> The 35 stolen paintings and sculptures depicted Old West themes like stagecoaches and Native Americans in traditional dress.</p><p> Although he was born in New York City to Italian immigrant parents, Perillo was interested in Native American history and culture from childhood and used to draw pictures of natives on brown paper bags, he said. He has also painted sports figures and a portrait of Ronald and Nancy Reagan with their horse.</p><p> Perillo's paintings sell for up to $40,000 or $50,000, his son Stephen, who manages his father's website, said.</p><p> Perillo said he and his wife, Mary, came home from a weekend away in the summer of 1983 to find the house ransacked and dozens of artworks gone.</p><p> Two pieces turned up at a Manhattan gallery in 1985, the FBI said.</p><p> Agent Christopher McKeogh of the bureau's art crime team said Friday that another of the stolen pieces, a bronze sculpture of a native on a horse, was recovered in 2011 from a garbage bin at a construction site about a mile from Perillo's home.</p><p> The FBI is seeking the public's help in recovering the other pieces because whoever owns the artworks may not realize the works were stolen, McKeogh said.</p><p> "They could be hiding in plain sight," McKeogh said. "They could be hanging on someone's wall in their living room."</p><p> About a week before the theft, McKeogh said, Perillo got an unsolicited visit from a man who said he was an NYPD detective interested in buying some of Perillo's art.</p><p> Then in 1985, the body of a retired NYPD detective was found in a car. The man, whose killing was never solved, was in possession of images of some of the stolen works, McKeogh said.</p><p> An NYPD spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for information about the former detective.</p><p> Perillo, who moved to Clearwater, Florida, last year and still paints every day, said that if the stolen artworks are recovered he'll donate them to a good cause.</p><p> "My papa always told me, 'Gregory, when you have a career and you're doing well, always give back,'" he said.</p>
you expect.</p><p>Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is in the latter camp.</p><p>If Peyton Reed has his way about it, the answer could be yes.</p><p>Remaking movies with a female cast, or adding sequels and prequels starring all women, has become a trend lately.</p><p>From Ocean's 8 starring Sandra Bullock to the all-female remake of Ghost Busters, women have been taking the cinema by storm.</p><p>Ant-Man and the Wasp was the first Marvel movie to feature the female superhero's name in its title.</p><p>Marvel's female centred stories are set to ramp up, with Captain Marvel getting her own solo film in March.</p><p>But In an interview with Huffington Post, Reed said:</p><p>“I’d like her [The Wasp] running things.</p><p>"I’d like to see her as the head of the all-female Avengers. I know Evangeline sort of said … maybe that would be Captain Marvel because she does have the word ‘captain’ in her name."</p><p>He added: "But I think Hope van Dyne is a very decisive leader and a tactician, in addition to being a brilliant scientist.</p><p>"So she checks a lot of boxes in terms of who’s going to be running the Avengers, theoretically.”</p><p>Despite her reticence to do a standalone Wasp movie, Evangeline Lily is here for an all-female Avengers spin-off.</p><p>The actress, who has starred in both Ant-Man movies and is expected to feature in the upcoming Avengers 4, is a huge proponent of her team.</p><p>“I don’t love the idea of breaking them [Ant-Man and The Wasp] up — except if there was an all-female ‘Avengers’ film."</p><p>Marvel has so many characters to choose from, the chance for a female-fronted Avengers movies seems low on the list of priorities, despite a clear desire for more strong female superheroes.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
the movie sees JJ Abrams return to the directing chair.</p><p>Episode 9's other arduous task is giving the late, great Carrie Fisher a proper send-off as Leia.</p><p>Fisher will reprise her role via unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.</p><p>For fans in the UK, as of the time of writing, there are 489 days until the movie comes out.</p><p>A more manageable way of saying it would be one year, four months, and two days until Episode IX is in UK cinemas.</p><p>For fans in America, they have to wait one more day to see Rey, Finn, and the rest of the gang back in action.</p><p>The movie will be released in the UK on Thursday, December 19, 2019.</p><p>While a day gap is unlikely to allow for too many spoilers, fans in America should steer clear of Twitter if they wish to remain unspoiled.</p><p>Likewise, UK fans should be wary of their friends in France and Sweden who will get Episode 9 in cinemas on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.</p><p>JJ Abrams also directed Episode 8 which propelled the Star Wars franchise back into superstardom after the flops of the prequels.</p><p>He co-writes the screenplay for Episode 9 with Chris Terrio, known for his work on Justice League, Batman V Superman, and Argo.</p><p>While Episode 9 is bringing the end of the Skywalker saga, Rian Johnson (director of The Last Jedi) has been given a new trilogy to put his name to.</p><p>Star Wars fans may be thrilled to hear this or may receive it with the same backlash they levelled on The Last Jedi.</p><p>Episode 9 still has plenty of time before its release date, but there are several tidbits of cold, hard facts for fans to parse.</p><p>Not to mention the theories currently being bandied about surrounding the title of Episode 9.</p><p>Right now, it seems everyone's money is on Star Wars: A New Order.</p><p>Whatever the title of Episode 9, fans will certainly flock to cinemas to see the final chapter of the Skywalker story.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p>'Queen of Soul' passes away after battle with pancreatic cancer; Fox News looks back at the life and legacy of the music legend.</p><p>Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit.</p><p>The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.</p><p>Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p><p>Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father Rev. C.L. Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; and nephew Thomas Garrett.</p><p>Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Stan Lee's restraining order against former business manager, Keya Morgan, was extended for three years on Friday, according to The Associated Press. (AP) </p><p>Stan Lee's restraining order against a former business manager was extended for three years on Friday, in another apparent step toward stability for the Marvel Comics mogul after a tumultuous year.</p><p>A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Keya Morgan to stay away from the Marvel Comics mogul and his family members, making permanent a previous temporary restraining order that Lee's lawyers had received.</p><p>The 95-year-old Lee has been the subject of a power struggle involving his daughter, Morgan, and others who sought roles in his life and business after the death last year of Lee's wife, Joan, who was his de facto manager and closest adviser.</p><p>Lee's lawyer Jonathan Freund told The Associated Press that Lee and his family are pleased he can move forward with his life and get on with his work "without being bothered or harassed."</p><p>Morgan, a film producer with a hand in many parts of the entertainment business, gained control over Lee's business for several months this year, until elder abuse allegations emerged from Lee's attorneys and police opened an investigation into the issue. Morgan has not been charged with elder abuse, but he has been charged with reporting a false emergency for calling 911 when a social worker and detectives came to check on Lee.</p><p>The restraining order request also alleges he embezzled millions in assets from Lee.</p><p>Morgan's attorney Alex Kessel told the AP that his client has done nothing harmful to Lee. "He never has, and he never will," Kessel said.</p><p>Morgan has previously adamantly denied he ever had bad intentions with Lee, who he says is a cherished friend.</p><p>With Morgan's ouster, Lee's daughter J.C. Lee and her attorneys returned as the main managers of Lee's affairs.</p><p>Freund said Le, who co-created the Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, and much of Marvel's comic and cinematic universe, is creating comic characters again, and his previously deteriorating health is improving.</p><p>"He's doing better every day," Freund said.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
Bethenny Frankel's on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields told responding officers he took drug cocktail: report
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Bethenny Frankel's on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields reportedly told responding officers he took a "combination of oxycodone, Vicodin and a sleeping pill," sources told the New York Post Friday. (Getty Images) </p><p>Dennis Shields told responding officers that he took a combination of oxycodone, Vicodin and a sleeping pill at his 42nd-floor apartment the morning of Aug. 10, sources said.</p><p>He had been prescribed numerous medications for a back injury, sources added.</p><p>The 51-year-old was given at least two doses of Narcan — one that was administered by his assistant and another by responding officers, who had been stationed at the Fifth Avenue skyscraper.</p><p>The medication can reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of an opioid.</p><p>The father of four, who had a complicated relationship with the “Real Housewives of New York” star, lost consciousness and was pronounced dead a short time later.</p><p>An autopsy was not performed at the request of his family, sources said.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Miranda Lambert's boyfriend Evan Felker, right, has reportedly finalized his divorce from wife, Stacy Felker, according to Page Six. (Reuters/Getty Images) </p><p>On Thursday, Evan and wife Staci Felker submitted an agreed decree of dissolution of marriage to the Oklahoma County court handling their divorce, according to a docket obtained by Page Six on Friday.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>