Two of the more noted scandals regarding alleged sexual misconduct in recent months have taken darker turns today.
A new report in the New York Times has revealed former CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves tried to buy the silence of actress Bobbie Phillips (“Murder One,” “The X-Files,” “Showgirls”) with a TV role. The report alleges Moonves assaulted Phillips during a meeting in 1995 as president of Warner Bros. Television.
Moonves told investigators who are in the midst of a probe into his conduct at CBS that the sexual encounter with Phillips was consensual. Phillips was not one of the women who spoke out with allegations against Moonves in stories published in July and September.
The actress describes the encounter to the Times as Moonves physically forcing her to perform oral sex on him after he exposed himself. The report will add to the pressure on CBS to deny Moonves any of his $120 million severance following his ousting back in September from the network.
That’s not the only story today. Filmmaker Luc Besson has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment by a further five women, taking the total number of women accusing him of inappropriate behavior to nine.
The new accusations come from a former assistant, a theatre producer, a former EuropaCorp employee and two students at his studio complex. “Taxi 5” actress Sand Van Roy filed a formal rape complaint against Besson in May.