Protest Outside CBS Shareholder Meeting in NYC Demands No Golden Parachute for Sexual Abuser Les Moonves

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Protest Outside CBS Shareholder Meeting in NYC Demands No Golden Parachute for Sexual Abuser Les Moonves


NEW YORK — On Tuesday, December 11th at 9:00am ET, members of UltraViolet, a leading national women’s group, and NOW NY, New York’s largest women’s rights organization, will join with survivors of sexual assault in a protest outside CBS’ shareholder meeting at the Museum of Modern Art, demanding that CBS’ Board of Directors refuse to pay out a massive golden parachute severance to former CEO and sexual abuser Les Moonves. At the action, protesters will hold gigantic gold balloons that call attention the potential $120m payment to Moonves.


WHAT:  No golden parachute for sexual abuse — Rally against CBS and Moonves!
WHERE: MoMA, 11 West 53 Street New York, New York 10019 (The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Entrance)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m.
LOCAL CONTACT: Melissa Byrne | (609) 364-4267



“With clear evidence proving that former CEO Les Moonves engaged in multiple acts of sexual abuse and used his position of power in attempt to undermine the investigation into his actions – CBS’ Board of Directors should move swiftly to fire Moonves for cause and deny him his $120 million golden parachute,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet. “CBS needs to send a clear message to all of their employees that the company stands with survivors of sexual abuse, that they will hold abusers accountable and that the new norm in corporate America is that if you abuse women, you will lose your job and your golden parachute.”


“After years of sexually harassing and abusing women at CBS, the company must do right by past, current and future employees. That starts with not rewarding Les Moonves with a fortune many lifetimes over,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW NY. “We implore shareholders and board members to start setting the company’s course in a new direction, one that values its employees more than a narcissistic predator CEO who never thought he was accountable to anyone.”


In July, UltraViolet called on CBS’ Board of Directors to fire Les Moonves.  In the past months, UltraViolet has:


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