Time’s Up Warns CBS About Les Moonves Investigation: ‘We Are Watching’

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The leaders of the Time’s Up movement have a message for CBS.

The organization – which was started in January to fight sexual harassment and workplace abuse – is demanding a “full, transparent, and expedient” investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against CBS CEO, Les Moonves.

“Six women have courageously shared their stories and accused CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual harassment and assault,” Time’s Up tweeted Wednesday. “We believe you. We are with you. @CBS We are watching. We expect a full, transparent and expedient investigation. Now. #TIMESUP.”

The organization included an image with quotes from the six women who accused Moonves of inappropriate behavior, including forcible kissing and groping in a New Yorker article last week.

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Moonves issued a statement in response to the article written by Ronan Farrow.

“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,” he said. “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances.”

The CBS board of directors met Monday, and the company said it “is in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation.”

Moonves will remain on the job during the probe.

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In another development Wednesday, the University of Southern California suspended Moonves from the board of its School of Cinematic Arts.

“The School takes the recent allegations very seriously and will discuss further action when the Board convenes in October,” USC said in a statement to the media.