Transcript for New accusations put ex-CBS chief's $120M payout at risk
We move on to new accusations against les moonves that could put the fired CBS chief's $120 million exit package at risk. A new report by "The New York Times" centers on alleged efforts to silence an accuser. If she talks, I'm finished, it is quoted. Reporter: That accuser is talking. Whether it finishes him is to be determined but this is a shocking new report with that hefty severance payout hanging in the balance. This morning, les moonves' reported $120 million golden parachute is in jeopardy of imploding. According to a new report lawyers for CBS are looking into whether the ousted executive lied to the board about an alleged assault against actress Bobbie Phillips. Phillips, who has appeared in films and television -- He was like a second father to her. Reporter: -- Met the Hollywood honcho in 1995. More than 20 years later as moonves was under fire for allegations of sexual assault by a dozen women, dowher reached out to him. According to the paper, dowher says moonves said he thought he'd be okay but only one woman could bring him down allegedly saying if Bobbie talk, I'm finished. One of moonves' accusers told "Gma" in September why she never reported moonves until this year. I needed the job and I was -- I was frightened. Reporter: Phillips tells "The times" during a private meeting he exposed himself and tried to force her to perform a sex act. In a statement, moonves tells the paper, I strongly believe that the sexual encounter with Ms. Phillips more than 20 years ago was consensual. "The times" says during their phone conversation moonves and do youher discussed the possibility of getting her acting work to keep her happy and the paper says that initial conversation was followed by hundreds of text messages between moonves and dowher, Phillips' talent manager but according to "The times" Phillips told dowher she was willing to forgive and forget and dowher lating Texter Mr. Moonves, I just was on the phone with Bobbie and I think you're going to be very happy. CBS later contacted him about a possible role for Phillips which she rejected. She says it was when she saw her alleged attacker's response to a litany of accusations in Ronan farrow's "New Yorker" expose she had a revelation. Phillips telling "The times," I realizes I had been manipulated beyond words and his outreach to me was phony, an attempt to silence me. This caused me incredible pain as I had to grapple with the fact that I had what loud the same monster to victimize me twice. Now, we reached out to all of the parties and none are commenting. As for the $120 million at stake CBS put it in a trust when moonves stepped down pending the outcome of their investigation into alleged misconduct. If CBS fires him with cause, he forfeits all of it. His honesty, his cooperation will all factor into that determination. Certainly will. All right, Paula.
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