Julie Chen is standing by her disgraced husband Les Moonves despite the latest sexual misconduct allegations against him, as sources claim the conflict has brought the couple even closer.
The 48-year-old TV host ‘remains committed to her marriage and is focused on her family,’ a spokesperson for Chen told Page Six. ‘In fact, this has drawn Julie and her husband as well as their entire family closer than ever. As for recent media reports, they are based on leaks that can’t be responded to.’
This week has been especially tumultuous for the former CBS executive as a new report alleges Moonves received oral sex from multiple employees and even had one of them ‘on-call’ to perform it when he demanded. He denies the allegations.
Despite reports that Chen has been struggling with the fallout, including his departure from CBS in September and the possibility of losing his $120million severance package, a source says: ‘Les managed to convince Julie that none of this was true, that he was being screwed over.’
A source told Page Six Julie Chen, Les Moonves and their son are ‘closer than ever’ in the midst of the sexual misconduct allegations against the former CBS executive
CBS hired two law firms to investigate Moonves following the allegations from a total of 12 women who claimed him of either forcing himself on them or being sexually inappropriate, and now a New York Times report has revealed their findings as detailed in a draft report.
‘Les managed to convince Julie that none of this was true, that he was being screwed over,’ the source added
The newest findings mean the disgraced media executive could lose his $120million severance.
In the report, investigators found that Moonves ‘received oral sex from at least 4 CBS employees’.
Investigators noted that the instances were ‘transactional and improper to the extent that there was no hint of any relationship, romance, or reciprocity’.
Though the lawyers were not able to speak directly with all of the women, they determined that ‘such a pattern arguably constitutes willful misfeasance and violation of the company’s sexual harassment policy’.
The lawyers also wrote in their findings that they had received ‘multiple reports about a network employee who was ‘on call’ to perform oral sex’ on Moonves.
Moonves reportedly admitted to receiving oral sex from the woman but claimed it was ‘consensual’. Moonves has denied having any nonconsensual sexual relationships.
The CBS boss’ lawyer said that his client had ‘never put or kept someone on the payroll for the purpose of sex’.
‘There are financial considerations and the overall embarrassment to deal with,b’ the source told Page Six. ‘But at least Julie’s protecting her brand by going back on air. The telling thing now will be when she chooses to make her first public appearance without him.’
It was revealed that Moonves lost his job after it was claimed he tried to stop Bobbie Phillips (left) from sharing possible allegations of sexual misconduct by giving her a role on a CBS series. June Seley Kimmel (right) also claims she told CBS about an incident of sexual misconduct that happened in 1985 when Les Moonves ‘stuck his tongue down her throat’
According to the report, Moonves’ 2004 marriage to Chen was considered a ‘bright line’ and is thought to have put an end to his sexual acts in the workplace.
Chen has publicly stood by her husband, signing off of Big Brother as ‘Julie Chen Moonves’ for the first time in September, after he resigned.
She announced in September that she was leaving The Talk. ‘
Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son,’ Chen said at the end of the episode.
But the bombshell report comes nearly a week after it was claimed that Moonves lost his job after he tried to stop Bobbie Phillips from sharing allegations of sexual misconduct by giving her a role on a CBS series.
According to The New York Times, Bobbie Phillips was trying to break into the industry back in 1995 when she met Moonves at his office to discuss possible work, a fact that both parties and Phillips’ agent acknowledge to be true.
Halfway through that meeting, Phillips claims that Moonves exposed himself and said ‘look how hard you make me’.
That is when he allegedly forced himself into her mouth, stating: ‘Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show.’
Moonves denies ever forcing Phillips to perform oral sex, but does not deny that the sex act took place.
June Seley Kimmel also claims she told CBS about an incident of sexual misconduct that happened in 1985 when Les Moonves ‘stuck his tongue down her throat’.
The bombshell report revealed that the alleged sexual misconduct appeared to have stopped in 2004 when Moonves married his wife, Julie Chen