Exclusive: As accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein
and others began flooding Hollywood early this year, CBS
’ then-ceo Les Moonves
stepped in to settle claims against one of the network’s biggest stars.
Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku
in January after the actor accused Bull
lead Michael Weatherly
of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS drama, we’ve learned. Additionally, the confidential payment was sneaked into Bull’s production budget in an effort apparently motivated to avoid the sum popping up on the company’s books, sources say.
The confidential agreement was struck while CBS was engaging in ultimately unsuccessful talks of a potential merger with Viacom
. The settlement and its machinations were not known to then-coo Joe Ianniello, who became acting CEO after Moonves resigned in September after a dozen