Leslie Moonves to leave CBS after more allegations

Leslie Moonves, the chairman and chief executive of CBS who has found himself at the centre of a string of sexual misconduct allegations, is to step down from the network, CNN and Reuters report.

The news comes after six more women came forward with fresh allegations against Moonves on Sunday (September 9) in an article in The New Yorker by journalist Ronan Farrow.

Moonves denies the allegations, and said in a response to The New Yorker: "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women.

"In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me."

Both CNN and Reuters have reported that Moonves is to leave CBS after 13 years with the network, speculating that his resignation could be announced as early as Monday (September 10).

The six women who have recently stepped forward with misconduct claims against Moonves are Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, Jessica Pallingston, Deborah Green, Linda Silverthorn, Deborah Kitay and Deborah Morris. They allege that the incidents took place in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. These new accusations include forced kissing and oral sex, groping and unwanted advances.

CBS said in a statement that it "takes these allegations very seriously" and its internal investigation into the claims is "thorough and ongoing".

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