CBS paid former employee $5 million over 20 years to keep quiet about sexual assault: report

CBS paid more than $5 million in a settlement agreement reached in the 1990s with a woman who claimed former ’60 minutes’ executive producer Doug Hewitt sexually assaulted her, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Lawyers hired by CBS to investigate the workplace culture of ’60 Minutes’ are set to present a report to the board next week, according to the Times, which obtained a draft.

The report, precipitated by the high profile removals of ’60 Minutes’ producer Jeff Fager and CBS chief executive Les Moonves after sexual misconduct allegations, found the program’s separation from the larger company to be one issue.

“The physical, administrative and cultural separation between ‘60 Minutes’ and the rest of CBS News permitted misconduct by some ‘60 Minutes’ employees,” the investigation reportedly reads.

{mosads}The alleged abuse by Hewitt carried on over a period of years and derailed the woman’s career, the lawyers wrote in the report, according to the Times.

CBS had determined that her allegations were credible, and the settlement has exceeded $5 million in total, plus annual payments of $75,000 for the rest of her life, after starting at 450,000.

The investigation also includes examples of Fager behaving inappropriately with colleagues, including “some type of sexually inappropriate conduct” toward a CBS employee who alleged in 2009 that he had groped her, according to the Times.

“This is the first I am hearing some of these allegations about my personal conduct,” Fager told the Times.

“I’m surprised and devastated to hear them from The New York Times since I was not given the opportunity by CBS investigators to respond to their accuracy.”


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