New accuser says she confronted Leslie Moonves in public

New accuser says she confronted Leslie Moonves in public

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By Alex Johnson and Stephanie Giambruno

A woman who has accused former CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves of an inappropriate sexual approach said Wednesday that she later walked up to Moonves in front of his wife at a restaurant to mention the meeting in question.

“I did say, ‘I wonder if you remember me — I pitched a story to you many years ago,'” the woman, June Seley Kimmel, said in an interview with NBC News. “And he kind of reddened and said, ‘Yes, I do believe I do.'”

Apparently referring to Moonves’ wife, Kimmel said she added: “Then I just looked at her and left.”

Kimmel, a former actor from Delray Beach, Florida, who is now a social justice and animal rights activist, tweeted about what she called the “gross” 1985 encounter in December 2017.

But her allegation didn’t reach wide public attention until she published an essay Wednesday in The Hollywood Reporter about the 1985 encounter during a meeting in which she was pitching a project to Moonves, who was then the head of development at 20th Century Fox.

Kimmel told NBC News that the meeting went “fantastically, it really did.”

Moonves “loved it — he literally was, you know, jumping up and down cheering,” she said.

At the end of the meeting, she said, Moonves “got up and came over and he hugged me, and I thought it was very nice, and then he grabbed me very hard, and he didn’t kiss me. He just stuck his tongue in my mouth.”

“I was really shocked, and it was gross,” Kimmel said. “It was very unappealing.”

The project was never made, said Kimmel, who she made it clear in a follow-up telephone call that she wouldn’t have sex with Moonves.

“When I didn’t have sex with him, that was it,” she said. “He wasn’t going to give me what I was there to get.”

Kimmel said that by dropping the project, Moonves “took money out of his shareholders’ pockets and out of his company’s pockets.”

“His penis came before profits,” she said.

Moonves resigned as chief executive of CBS in September after six more women accused him on the record of sexual harassment or assault, bringing the number of women to have accused him at the time to 12.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that lawyers hired by CBS to investigate the accusations were preparing to tell the company that it has reason to deny him $120 million in severance payments.


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