Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

USC Journalism School Removes Moonves' Name From Media Center

USC Journalism School Removes Moonves' Name From Media Center

On Monday, CBS' board voted to launch a special investigation into claims made by six women in a New Yorker story by journalist Ronan Farrow.

A New Yorker article on Friday detailed six women's allegations against the powerful media executive of unwanted touching and kissing between the 1980s and late 2000s. The Board took no further action at this meeting pending discussion with counsel as to appropriate next steps.

The investigation by the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton will be led by Mary Jo White, a former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, CBS said.

The fallout was also not only limited to the university's Cinematic Arts program.

The center, previously known as the The Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center, was a joint gift from the couple and the network in 2015.

"In recognition of the sensitivities surrounding recent allegations against Mr. Moonves, he and Ms. Chen have requested that USC Annenberg temporarily suspend use of the media center's name until the investigation concludes", USC Annenberg said in a statement.

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Bay has been the dean of the school since 2017, and is married to the one of the few people in the entertainment industry who wields as much power as Moonves, his close friend and chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger.

Kestenbaum has led independent investigations of sexual misconduct for private schools Choate Rosemary Hall and The Brearley School. The women said their careers suffered after they rejected Moonves' advances. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances.

Statement: The Time's Up movement tweeted: "We are watching". "Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely".

Moonves denied the allegations, telling the outlet he "always understood and respected-and abided by the principle-that "no" means 'no'".

Moonves, who is married to TV personality and CBS producer Julie Chen, was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2013.

Larry Hamermesh, a professor at Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington Delaware, said that the board would want to place Moonves on administrative leave if it believed there was a risk he could act inappropriately while remaining in his position.

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