Angelica McDaniel is speaking out and in support of her CBS boss Leslie Moonves. The daytime television and syndication development head tweeted a statement about her positive experience working for Moonves following journalist Ronan Farrow's bombshell sexual misconduct expose in The New Yorker.
In his article, Farrow reported six women have accused Moonves of sexual harassment. According to the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, four women described being forcibly touched or kissed while attending business meetings with Moonves. Two other women accuse Moonves of physically intimidating them and ending their careers after rebuffing his advances. Read McDaniel's statement below:
Jo Ann Ross, who manages advertising sales for CBS, also issued a statement backing Moonves. Moonves himself provided the statement below to the New Yorker:
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. 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 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. 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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moonves will remain on as CEO of CBS and chairman of the company's board of directors amid an independent investigation into the claims against him.