WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Times report leaked detailed sexual harassment allegations against former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
- It included details of actress Bobbie Phillips’ sexual harassment claims. The actress had a confidentiality agreement with the network.
- Because of the breach, CBS was forced to pay Phillips’ “tens of millions”.
A 2018 report by New Yorker Ronan Farrow of the Times detailed the sexual harassment allegations against former CEO of broadcasting giant CBS, Les Moonves. This led Moonves’ to step down from the company and forced CBS to pay actress Bobbie Phillips millions of dollars.
Phillips was one of the women who filed sexual harassment claims against Moonves. She had a confidentiality agreement with CBS. But since the details were leaked, CBS had to settle legally with the actress for breaching the agreement.
The leak detailed a draft report of the investigation by Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling that included Phillips’ claim that she was forced to perform oral sex on Moonves in a meeting in 1995.
In the report, Phillips’ who has appeared in “The X-Files”, “Boy Meets World,” and “Baywatch” said that the former executive allegedly dropped his pants in front of her and said, “look how hard you make me.”
Moonves even added that if Phillips consented to being his girlfriend, he would put her in any show.
According to the report, the executive then grabbed her by the neck and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The act was interrupted when there was a call and she was able to grab a baseball bat.
The Times also included Phillips’ longtime Hollywood agent Marv Dauer recalling that Moonves said, “if Bobbie talks, I’m finished.”
A Debevoise & Plimpton spokesperson said, “Debevoise is not party to any agreements with any parties concerning its work for CBS.”
The settlement with Phillips was inked in late 2019 and was “rumored to be in the tens of millions.”
Source: New York Post