Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LA Prosecutors Decline To Pursue Charges Against Les Moonves

The Los Angeles County district attorney has declined to file sexual assault charges against Leslie Moonves, the embattled chairman and chief executive officer of CBS Corp., saying accusations made against him date back three decades and therefore exceed the statute of limitations, according to The LA Times.

An unidentified woman reported the allegations last year to the Los Angeles Police Department. She had accused the network chief of sexual assault, assault and battery, and exposing himself, prosecutors said Tuesday. The woman alleged one of the incidents occurred in July 1986 and the other two on Jan. 1, 1988, according to the records.

On Tuesday, the district attorney’s office said the 1986 allegation was one of forced oral copulation.

"Victim encountered suspect through her employment in the television industry. Victim has reported multiple incidents of assault by the suspect," prosecutors wrote in an official declination of charges, which was signed by Deputy Dist. Atty. Darci Purvis. “Victim disclosed the second two incidents to a friend approximately a year before making report to law enforcement.”

Detectives had forwarded their investigation to the district attorney’s office in December and prosecutors declined to file charges in February, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

California eliminated the statute of limitations on its most severe sexual assault charges last year. Prior to that, the statute of limitations on those charges was 10 years.

The disclosure follows publication of a New Yorker article last week, in which six women had accused Moonves of sexually harassing them and said their careers suffered after they rebuffed his advances. The incidents were alleged to have occurred in the 1980s, ’90s and 2006.

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