Les Moonves settlement rejected over leaked LAPD sexual harassment report

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Les Moonves settlement rejected over leaked LAPD sexual harassment report

Los Angeles’ Ethics Commission has rejected Les Moonves’ $11,250 settlement with the city over information leaked by an LAPD officer to the once-powerful CBS CEO about sexual harassment allegations.

The vote against Moonves was unanimous.

The Ethics Commission also voted 4-0 to “reject” the $2500 settlement with ex-CBS vice president Ian Metros. A settlement reached by City staff and their attorneys at the Sutton law firm admitted that “they violated City law by aiding and abetting the disclosure and misuse of confidential information.”

Earlier this month, Moonves agreed to pay his fine to L.A. for violating the city’s ethics code by “inducing a city official to abuse his position to generate profit for Moonves.” . Represented by Andrew Lavender and Hartley MK West of Dechert LLP, Moonves sent a cashier’s check last week.

The advantage the once feared CBS CEO gained was inside information and intelligence on a police report made in 2017 by Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb.

At the time of the escalating corporate battle for Moonves with Shari Redstone, Golden-Gottlieb, a former Lorimar-Telepictures executive who died in mid-2022, alleged that her then-colleague Moonves had defrauded her during their work together in the 1980s. During this time he was repeatedly attacked. Emphasis was placed on the 1986 incident. The following year, Golden-Gottlieb would be among the women who would accuse Moonves of similar abuse. Despite Moonves’ attempts to manipulate the events and the CBS board, those allegations would lead to the executive being removed from his long-held CBS position in September 2018.

The city officer in question was ex-LAPD Captain, Corey Palka.

Palka was also the commanding officer of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division in 2017, after serving as security guard for Moonves on several occasions during her tenure at the helm of CBS. The former policeman called Flak Metros and left a voicemail in late November 2017. A section of Golden-Gottlieb’s damning report stated – “As you know, this is confidential, but call me, and I can give you some details and tell you before you go to the media or come out. “I don’t know what the allegation is.” Metros, who left CBS last year, turned to CBS CCO Gil Schwartz, who died in 2020, who instructed him to get the information to Moonves.

After obtaining a copy of Golden-Gottlieb’s police report and circulating it among his top CBS lieutenants, Moonves requested a private meeting with Palka. The two met on November 25, 2017, to discuss what the LAPD would do with Golden-Gottlieb’s report and follow-up interviews. They recited several times afterward, continuing to discuss the Golden-Gottieb report and possible outcomes.

When Moonves exited CBS under pressure about a year later, Palca messaged him: “I am deeply sorry that this happened. I will always stand by, and

Pledge my allegiance to you.”

Since leaving CBS, Moonves has fought for nearly three years with the now-Paramount Global-run company for his $120 million severance. In 2021, that fight ended with Moonves, who earned nearly $69 million in 2016 and 2017 alone, but CBS saying he would donate the cash.

In 2022, New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed for the first time that the LAPD had provided confidential information to officials at CBS as they attempted to manage charges against Moonves. As almost always, this turns out to be a follow-the-money investigation. According to the NY AG report, CBS authorized Schwartz to sell “millions of dollars” of CBS stock in 2018, just before a wide range of sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves became public in New Yorker articles, Deadline and elsewhere. Was.

“These actions constituted insider trading and violated New York’s investor protection laws,” James said at the time. The AG also disclosed settlements with Moonves and CBS totaling $30.5 million to end his office’s investigation.

In the first hour of today’s Ethics Commission meeting, suggestions for greater penalties against Moonves and Metros, as well as the relevance of the 1997 LA Confidential case, were brought up by members of the public.

Those opinions were actually two more low-key public comments.

Adopting a variety of voices, a citizen accused of sexual assault in the Moonves case mocked the now-deceased women. The same speaker also called Moonves “one of the most powerful people on the planet” and recommended zeroing the fines against Metros. Another speaker described the LAPD and the city’s “corruption” as “beyond shameful” and encouraging “rape culture.” Condemning cases of sexual harassment by police officers, the speaker also called on the Ethics Commission to increase the maximum fine of $5000 on the “incredibly wealthy” Moonves and Metros.

Despite only touching on one or two other topics, the Moonves and Metros settlements were the most commented on by the public today.

The reduction of the penalty was repeatedly criticized due to his “cooperation” with the city. One speaker criticized the Commission for “failure” to enact charter reforms, which would have allowed them to increase fines, among other things. Calling on the commission to provide a “high moral example”, a male speaker compared Moonves to Donald Trump in terms of his behavior towards women and contempt for the law.

Another speaker at today’s meeting urged commissioners, “You do not have to honor the settlement agreement.” “This is people’s pocket change,” one female speaker said in her remarks, advocating to the commission that this use of internal LAPD intel and more “will not be tolerated.” The same speaker also noted the current situation where the LAPD is arresting and detaining anti-Scientologist protesters as an example of how much the department panders to the rich and well-connected.

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