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CBS to Les Moonves: No $120M for You

The company's board denies him huge severance package

(Newser) - That $120 million? Don't bank on it, Les. CBS says an internal sexual-misconduct probe has tanked any hope of ex-CEO Les Moonves getting his ginormous severance, CNBC reports. "We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance ... as well as... More »

CBS Paid $9.5M Sex Harassment Settlement to Eliza Dushku

Actress reported harassing comments from 'Bull' star Michael Weatherly

(Newser) - An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Leslie Moonves, as well as "cultural issues at all levels of CBS," revealed that the company paid $9.5 million to actress Eliza Dushku to settle harassment claims on the set of Bull. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 37, had... More »

Cybill Shepherd: Moonves Killed My Show After I Rejected Him

Cybill could have run for another 5 years, she says

(Newser) - Cybill Shepherd says her 1990s sitcom was smothered, then killed by Les Moonves after she rejected his advances. In an interview with Sirius XM's Michelle Collins Show , the star said Cybill, which was cancelled in 1998 after four seasons, "could have run another five years, but I didn'... More »

One Part of Charlie Rose Lawsuit 'Resolved'

CBS News has settled, but the part of complaint that names Rose himself is still active

(Newser) - Dozens of women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct stretching back decades; there's now a bit of legal closure for a handful of them. A suit in New York state alleging the 76-year-old engaged in "blatant and repeated sexual harassment" of three former junior colleagues has been... More »

Popular Holiday Song Cut in #MeToo Era

Cleveland's WDOK says 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' is 'inappropriate'

(Newser) - A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate. They're certainly not the first to question the song's undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade... More »

Former Employee Sues 'Debaucherous' Planet Fitness

Casey Willard says she was raped on a business trip

(Newser) - A former manager at New Hampshire-based Planet Fitness has sued the company, saying she was subjected to a male-dominated, "debaucherous" environment that included sexual harassment and rape, the AP reports. Senior management at the Hampton headquarters organized drinking activities such as "Fireball Friday," said Casey Willard, who... More »

Around the World, Google Employees Are Walking Off the Job

Employees are protesting company's handling of sexual harassment claims, plus other issues

(Newser) - Carrying signs with messages such as "Don't be evil," Google employees around the world walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. Employees staged walkouts at offices from Tokyo to Singapore... More »

Barnes & Noble Details Ex-CEO's Alleged Misdeeds

Bookseller countersues Demos Parneros, details why he was fired

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble fired Demos Parneros in July. He sued Barnes & Noble over the firing in August. Now Barnes & Noble is hitting back: The bookseller is countersuing Parneros, claiming its former CEO "breached his duties of loyalty and good faith," per Reuters . He did so, B&... More »

Alphabet Exec Resigns With No Exit Pay After Harassment Claims

The claims were revealed in the recent 'New York Times' investigation

(Newser) - An Alphabet executive has resigned after being named in the New York Times investigation into Google paying large severance packages or continuing to employ some who had been accused of sexual misconduct. The Times story primarily centered around former Google exec Andy Rubin, who got a $90 million exit package... More »

Google CEO: NYT Story on Us Is 'Difficult to Read'

Company allegedly paid Andy Rubin $90M despite 'credible' harassment claim

(Newser) - Google revealed Thursday that it has fired no fewer than 48 employees for sexual harassment over the last two years—and it sent them away without severance packages. Google employees were told about the firings in an email from CEO Sundar Pichai hours after the New York Times reported that... More »

Nicole Kidman Recalls a Benefit of Marriage to Tom Cruise

It offered her 'protection' from sexual harassment

(Newser) - Since their split in 2001, Nicole Kidman has remained relatively mum about what happened to break up her marriage to Tom Cruise. Now, the Washington Post notes, she's spilling on at least "one aspect of their relationship that she hasn't discussed before." That revelation comes via... More »

Lawmaker Quits Election After Daughter's Claims

Republican Jim Knoblach is accused of touching her inappropriately for years

(Newser) - A Minnesota legislator ended his reelection bid Friday amid accusations he's been inappropriately touching his daughter for years. Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach denies allegations by his daughter, Laura Knoblach, but MPR News reveals efforts in recent years to both probe and conceal the eight-term representative's alleged behavior.... More »

Norm Macdonald Slammed for Down Syndrome Remark

In explaining #MeToo remarks, he suggests people with condition lack empathy

(Newser) - Norm Macdonald attempted to explain his controversial #MeToo comments in an interview with Howard Stern Wednesday—and managed to make things worse. The comedian landed himself in a fresh controversy after insulting people with Down syndrome in an effort to express empathy for victims of sexual misconduct, Yahoo reports. "... More »

CBS Reporter Reveals Text That Got Fager Fired

'There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me,' he warned her

(Newser) - Jeff Fager complained Wednesday that CBS fired him after 36 years because of a single text message . The 60 Minutes executive producer didn't mention that the message warned a CBS reporter that she could lose her job for reporting on the sexual harassment allegations against him. "If you... More »

Moonves May Get $100M Payout From CBS

But it depends on the results of sexual harassment investigation

(Newser) - Les Moonves is departing CBS as sexual harassment allegations continue to pile up—but he won't exactly be leaving empty-handed. The New York Times , citing "sources familiar with the settlement agreement," reports that the longtime chief executive could receive more than $120 million under his agreement with... More »

Comic Accused of Harassment During Campus Set

Andy Gross lived up to his name at Purdue with vulgar performance, attendees say

(Newser) - "Accounts differ" as to what happened at Purdue University this weekend, but what's clear is that the Indiana college won't be hiring a certain touring comedian again. Andy Gross performed Saturday night as part of the university's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation, a routine that was,... More »

Affleck Apologizes for 'Unprofessional Environment' on Movie Set

'I have to accept responsibility for that,' he says of atmosphere on set of 2010 movie

(Newser) - Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements—and with a new film coming out this fall—he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier sexual harassment allegations . The... More »

Former FEMA Official Accused of Disturbing Behavior

Corey Coleman allegedly harassed subordinates, hired frat brothers

(Newser) - The conduct of FEMA's former personnel chief was definitely sleazy and possibly criminal, according to a damning internal investigation seen by the Washington Post and the AP . Corey Coleman—who resigned weeks ago, before the investigation concluded—allegedly sexually harassed subordinates, hired unqualified fraternity brothers and women he met... More »

His Boss Showed Him Her Breast, He Ended Up Ruined

Mike Picarella's attempts to report the alleged sexual harassment killed his career

(Newser) - Think your job is bad? Brace yourself for the tale of Mike Picarella. When he joined HSBC in May 2011 after a two-decade Wall Street career, the future looked bright. He reported to Eileen Hedges, and the intention was for him to become her—to eventually assume her managing director... More »

Weinstein Asks Judge to Toss Ashley Judd Lawsuit

His lawyers say alleged harassment wasn't 'pervasive'

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss Ashley Judd's lawsuit against him , saying allegations that he tried to hurt her career after she rejected him sexually are baseless and were filed far too late, the AP reports. In the federal court filing in Los Angeles, the... More »

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