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Of Alex Johnson and Stephanie Giambruno
A woman who accused the former CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves executive of an inappropriate sexual approach said Wednesday that she later joined Moonves in front of his wife in a restaurant to mention the meeting in question.
"I said," I wonder if you remember me – I told you a story many years ago, "said the woman, June Seley Kimmel, in an interview with NBC News. "And he turned red and said," Yes, I think so. "
Apparently referring to Moonves' wife, Kimmel said that he added: "Then I just looked at it and left."
Kimmel, former actor in Delray Beach, Florida, who is now an activist for social justice and animal rights, tweeted on what she called the "gross" meeting of 1985 in December 2017.
But his accusation did not reach the public's attention until Wednesday published an article in The Hollywood Reporter on the 1985 meeting during a meeting in which he launched a project to Moonves, who was then the boss of 20th Century Fox development.
Kimmel told NBC News that the meeting went "fantastically, really."
Moonves "loved it – literally it was, you know, jumping up and down clapping," he said.
At the end of the meeting, he said, Moonves "got up and came over and hugged me, and I thought it was very nice, and then he grabbed me very hard, and he did not kiss me. mouth. "
"I was really shocked, and it was unpleasant," Kimmel said. "It was very unattractive."
The project was never realized, said Kimmel, who clarified in a follow-up phone call that he would not have sex with Moonves.
"When I did not have sex with him, it was like that," he said. "He was not going to give me what I was there to get."
Kimmel said that by abandoning the project, Moonves "took money from the pockets of his shareholders and from the pockets of his company".
"His penis came before profits," he said.
Moonves resigned as CBS chief executive in September after six other women accused him of sexual harassment or assault, bringing the number of women to accuse him at the age of 12.
The New York Times reported that lawyers hired by CBS to investigate the allegations were preparing to tell the company that they are right to deny him $ 120 million of redundancy payments.
The Times said he had learned about the intentions of the investigators from a draft of their report. In a statement, investigators told NBC News:
"No comments were submitted to the Board of Directors. The Committee has not reached conclusions on this issue. Investigators and the Board are engaged in a complete and fair process. No draft of the product has been agreed with the Board of Directors. work in progress of the investigators or the company Our work is still ongoing and there are certainly many facts and evaluations that evolve and change when the work is completed. "
The lawyer of Moonves, Andrew Levander, told the Times that "he denies having any non-consensual sexual relationship" and that "he collaborated extensively and fully with the investigators".
Kimmel did not say exactly when the restaurant met with Moonves and his wife. Moonves was divorced from Nancy Wiesenfeld and married Julie Chen, a longtime personality of CBS who is the guest of "Big Brother" in 2004.
According to the Times, the CBS report cites marriage to Chen as a "bright light" that Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct seemed to cease.
Kimmel said that while the 1985 accident "knocked out my sales when I could use it," he felt particularly bad about "someone in a chronically desperate situation and must say yes" .
"I think it's time for this chapter of our long, long history – it will not happen in my life, probably – it must end."