National Organization for Women says Les Moonves should be arrested

National Organization for Women says Les Moonves should be arrested
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The National Organization for Women on Monday called on authorities to arrest former CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, who resigned Sunday amid new sexual misconduct allegations against him.

“Les Moonves should face justice for his crimes, not receive a payout to go away,” the organization said in a statement.

Moonves stepped down hours after The New Yorker published a story with detailed allegations that he harassed female employees and coerced one woman into performing oral sex. It was the second New Yorker story about sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves.


The network had reportedly been negotiating Moonves's exit and a possible settlement.

The National Organization for Women said in its statement that “there is no excuse for the network’s culture of misogyny.”

“Sexual violence is a crime, and criminals must face accountability,” the organization said. “Corporations that cover-up criminal behavior, or make excuses for sexual predators, do not deserve public support. CBS is part of every American household, and yet they’ve allowed a vile predator to sit at the head of their table.”

In a statement obtained by Variety, Moonves called the allegations against him "untrue" and "not consistent with who I am."

"I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company," Moonves said. "I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees.”