Disney, CBS Hit With ‘Criminal Minds’ Suit

Criminal Minds may be off the air now, but the Walt Disney Co., CBS and a Pretorian guard of executives from the long running series are now looking down the barrel of a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The Long Wait For Justice At NBC News

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years

Both women that Weinstein was convicted of assaulting — a once-aspiring actress and a former TV and film production assistant — spoke in court Wednesday before Judge James Burke announced the sentence, confronting Weinstein again after their testimony helped seal his conviction at the landmark #MeToo trial.

Chris Matthews Steps Down From MSNBC

Chris Matthews announced Monday that he was retiring effective immediately from MSNBC’s Hardball. His exit came after a weekend of discussions with his bosses, three days after GQ ran a column by a freelance journalist about her “own sexist run-in” with Matthews in the makeup room before appearing on his show.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Absent From Air

Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews was absent from the network’s live coverage of the South Carolina primary on Saturday, one day after being accused of sexual harassment by GQ columnist Laura Bassett.

Jury Finds Harvey Weinstein Guilty

He was found guilty of criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in 2013. The jury found him not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.

Comcast Fights Shareholder Probe Proposal

A shareholder resolution is asking Comcast to conduct an independent investigation of sexual harassment complaints and policies. The media giant has asked the SEC to block the proposal.

Tavis Smiley Loses Bid To Throw Out PBS Lawsuit

PBS Details Tavis Smiley Allegations

According to a newly unsealed report from a PBS-hired external investigator, former talk-show host Tavis Smiley’s alleged misconduct dates back decades and spans inappropriate sexual comments and touching, verbal abuse, as well as sexual relationships with subordinates and guests on his show.

’60 Minutes’ Producer Sues CBS

Cassandra Vinograd, a London-based associate producer for 60 Minutes, has sued CBS for “unlawful discriminatory conduct” and “unlawful retaliatory conduct” after she attempted to report her boss for misconduct. She says Michael Gavshon sent her an inappropriate photograph and drank excessively.

Gretchen Carlson Criticizes NDAs

After suing Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016, Gretchen Carlson wants to ensure that NDAs don’t continue to stand in the way of exposing workplace misconduct.  “At the time I felt all alone, but since then, many more women have found the courage to say enough is enough,” said the former Fox host.

Fox News Whistleblowers Claim TV Retaliation

Dropped by agents, careers chopped short, many women who brought harassment suits against the network say they’ve been branded as toxic in TV news and wear a scarlet letter: “I couldn’t bounce back.”

Fox Nation Host Sues, Alleges Harassment

Britt McHenry’s lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Fox News retaliated against her after she complained about her co-host’s sexual harassment by shunning her and excluding her from company events and shows. It seeks unspecified damages.

CBS Rushes To Get CEO Out Of Testifying

Will CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello have to take the witness stand at a trial next month and talk about Leslie Moonves and the company’s problems on the “me too” front? On Monday, CBS took steps to avoid that possibility.

ABC: Interview With Epstein Accuser Wasn’t Ready To Air

ABC said Tuesday that a  interview 2015 interview with Virginia Roberts never made the air because it lacked sufficient corroborating evidence. Robach said she was “caught in a private moment of frustration.” The episode raised immediate comparisons to reporter Ronan Farrow’s accusations that NBC News discouraged his reporting on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct.

COMMENTARY

Focusing Patriarchy Fight On Major Media Men

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik: In 2016, I wrote a piece about the fall of Fox News chief Roger Ailes in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. I thought of him as a monster because of the sick, toxic, misogynistic workplace environment he created at Fox News as he harassed, assaulted and abused women and put people in power who did the same. But three years and multiple allegations of similar behavior by Les Moonves and Charlie Rose at CBS, Matt Lauer at NBC, Bill O’Reilly at Fox and, of course, film mogul Harvey Weinstein at Miramax, it is clear that Ailes’ actions were not some extraordinarily evil, beyond the pale kind of behavior, as the word monster might imply. Instead, we now know Ailes’ actions were closer to the norm for too many men of power in the news and entertainment industries. But it gets worse.”

CNN Staffers Shocked WarnerMedia Hired Morgan Freeman After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Alki David: Ambassador For ‘Wronged Men’

The “eccentric billionaire” FilmOn and Hologram executive has been sued by multiple women for sexual harassment.

Charlie Rose Wins Dismissal Of Retaliation Claim

A New York judge on Thursday dismissed a claim that Charlie Rose retaliated against three female employees who complained of sexual harassment. Judge Doris Ling-Cohan found that while Rose had allegedly disparaged the women — calling one a “f—ing idiot” and another a “f—ing kindergartner” — his comments did not amount to retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law.

Book: Andy Lack Was ‘Unrelenting’ When Pursuing Female Employees

Lauer Rape Claim Ensnares NBC Management

NBC Chairman Andrew Lack, in a memo sent to network staff on Wednesday, said the network hadn’t known of Matt Lauer’s behavior with Brooke Nevils until the day before he was fired. An internal investigation uncovered no claims or settlements associated with allegations of inappropriate conduct by Lauer before he was fired, Lack said.

Fox News: Complaint Against Tyrus ‘Resolved’

WB’s Tsujihara Steps Down Following Scandal

As Warner Bros. chairman and chief executive officer at one of Hollywood’s most powerful and prestigious studios, Kevin Tsujihara is one of the highest ranking executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations.

‘Apprentice’ Contestant’s Trump Suit Can Proceed

A panel of judges on the Supreme Court Appellate Division said in their ruling, in a case brought by Summer Zervos, that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t require trials in state court to be delayed until the president is out of office. She accused President Trump of unwanted kissing and groping can move forward with her defamation lawsuit against him

CBS Shareholders Point To Insider Stock Sales

An amended lawsuit say stock sales from Leslie Moonves, Joseph Ianniello and other executives amount to evidence of knowing wrongfulness and fraudulent motive.

Fox Sports ‘Looking Into’ Sexual Assault Allegation Against Analyst Corey Maggette

‘Extra’ Suspends Host To Investigate Misconduct

Warner Bros. said it had investigated prior accusations against Extra host A.J. Calloway and found no suggestion of workplace misconduct. But he was suspended after the syndicator became aware of additional allegations that will be published in an upcoming article in The Hollywood Reporter.

Financial Times Won’t Retract ‘Les Moonves’ Interview He Denies Happened

Nat Geo Pulls Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ Amid Misconduct Allegations

Kevin Spacey’s Bizarre Video Racks Up 4.5M Views In 24 Hours

‘Today’ Fares Better Than CBS After Losing Anchors

Momentum at CBS This Morning, the most buzzworthy morning show for a handful of years, stopped dead with Charlie Rose’s firing. Last week CBS announced the exit of Ryan Kadro, the show’s top executive who had worked there since its 2012 launch, leaving an uncertain future. Today is hardly problem-free — remember Megyn Kelly? — but it has the steadiest audience of all three network morning shows. The elevation of Hoda Kotb into Lauer’s role is widely perceived as a winner.

Eliza Dushku Speaks Out About ‘Bull’ Harassment

The actress wrote an op-ed in The Boston Globe about her $9.5 million settlement after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the CBS show Bull, made her uncomfortable when she was beginning a run as a recurring character.

No Indication CBS Will Release Moonves Findings

Leslie Moonves, once the most powerful executive in the television industry, lost a $120 million payout Monday when the CBS board of directors concluded that there were grounds to fire him because of violations of network policy and his “willful failure” to cooperate with the investigation. The board cited a just-concluded report by outside investigators, but the network is not spelling out the details.

COMMENTARY

CBS Deserves No Ovation As Moonves Drama Ends

On the one hand, #MeToo has taken away a lot of the shame and fear of speaking up about sexual assault, it’s made pariahs of some of the accused — like Moonves and fellow entertainment executive Harvey Weinstein — and it’s given women hope. But it shouldn’t have taken a media spotlight to remove a leader who had so grossly abused his power for years; even then, the inclination of CBS’s board was reportedly to protect him.

‘SMILF’ Creator Cleared Of Misconduct Accusation

Keillor Back In Spotlight After Misconduct Allegation

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor looked comfortable on the small stage as he sang Christmas lullabies, told off-color limericks and spun a tale about a lutefisk dinner at the fictitious Lake Wobegon. Starting off with his familiar opener “Tishomingo Blues,” Keillor offered up a warm, nostalgic take on his former public radio show “A […]

CBS Says No $120M Severance For Moonves

Former CBS CEO  Leslie Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the company’s board of directors determined he was fired “with cause” over sexual misconduct allegations. The board said Monday it reached its decision after finding that Moonves failed to cooperate fully with investigators looking into the allegations. The board also cited what it called Moonves’ “willful and material misfeasance,” violation of company policies and breach of his contract.

The Year Of Reckoning At CBS

In the past 13 months, CBS has undergone a companywide reckoning in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has stretched from its morning show to its primetime lineup, its news division to its executive suite. Three powerful men at the company — Leslie Moonves, its chief executive; Charlie Rose, its morning show anchor; and Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes — have all lost their jobs because of workplace conduct.

Michael Weatherly’s Former ‘NCIS’ Co-Stars Defend Him

CBS Gives $20M To Anti-Harassment Groups

CBS Corp. said Friday it would award $20 million that was originally earmarked for severance for its former CEO, Leslie Moonves, to 18 different organizations that work to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.