Listen: New allegations emerge against former CBS CEO Les Moonves
"KCRW sponsors include FOX searchlight pictures, presenting the favourite a story of loyalty power and deception from director your ghost length Imos, starring Livia Coleman, Emma stone. Rachel vice and nNcholas Holt now playing in select theaters, I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt felony of the Hollywood reporter. And Matt Hollywood is just stunned by this article that ran in the New York Times yesterday that described the final days of les Moonves says as the head of CBS this much mired suave seemingly very sophisticated executive at one of the most powerful executives in the business. And this article describes this frantic effort that he engaged in to cover up an alleged sexual assault than and again this. These all seem to have been some years ago at some point he seems to have gotten a grip and stopped this pattern of allegedly assaulting women serially, but this one particular case a manager knew about it this kind of. I know someone who knows him who referred to him as a sort of a Broadway, Danny rose character. And this manager took advantage of this knowledge and pressured les Moonves who frantically tried to cover up what he knew would be a completely career ending story. If it were to be exposed, right? And it was a series of attempted payoffs move as was attempting to foist this woman onto a CBS show and get her paid. So her manager could get paid. So the manager would tell this actress to not come forward against les Moonves, and it just descended into this series of text messages back and forth and meetings at delis and a really desperate attempt by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood to keep this a secret. Yeah. And this is what ultimately the board finally hit a point where they could not deal with it. He had such support on his board. And you know, this is a chronic problem. I think in this industry and others the boards. Just rub. Or stamp a powerful executive, and that's gone on for a long time. But at this point if despite the deep support he had on the board one of the board members in particular was like I can't deal with it anymore, and it became a career ender, and it's striking that they had already done this internal investigation with which shows you the value of internal investigations which exonerated him. And basically, and you know, these internal investigations I think we should say are just kind of joke. The thing that ended up being keys when they looked into this later, they realized that what he had done was used his position at CBS to cover up an alleged abuse claim from an actress and once that was established he was gone now. The question is how much of this severance payment that he is allegedly negotiating right now, which could be as much as one hundred twenty million dollars. How much if anything is he gonna get and I will speculate that that number will be zero because I think it is clear that the story kills any chance. That they will pay him a diamond I think they said at one point they they don't have to disclose the outcome. But I feel that somehow that might leak this call that hunch. Yeah. And honestly the question here is whether they are letting him go four 'cause and I think attempting to the investigation of your conduct when you are the CEO thinking thank probably caused for terminates s we see this the same way. Thank you, Matt Hume, that's felony editorial director of the Hollywood. Reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown this podcast was made by public radio station. KCRW our status as a nonprofit enables us to make bold and unusual programs. But we need your support to keep it that way donate or become a member at KCRW dot com slash join. And thanks."