In the identical bombshell report that accused high CBS government Les Moonves of sexual misconduct, the New Yorker piece, written by Ronan Farrow, alleges that the previous chairman of CBS Information and present government producer of “60 Minutes, Jeff Fager, fostered harassment within the division.
Based on Farrow, previous and current staff instructed him that Fager “allowed harassment” at CBS Information.
“It’s high down, this tradition of older males who’ve all this energy and you might be nothing,” one veteran producer alleged to Farrow. “The corporate is shielding a number of unhealthy habits.”
Half a dozen staffers claimed to Farrow that Fager would develop into intoxicated at firm events and begin touching individuals.
“It was at all times, ‘Let’s go say howdy to Jeff, ‘trigger it’s a must to pay homage to him, however let’s do it early within the night, earlier than he begins getting actually handsy,'” a former worker instructed Farrow.
One time, Fager allegedly made drunken advances towards an affiliate producer, making feedback on her breasts and changing into belligerent when she rejected him. There have been reportedly a number of staff current. Per the outlet, Fager denied the allegations, claiming that “they by no means occurred.”
As well as, Fager allegedly protected males, together with people who reported to him, who have been accused of misconduct. Based on individuals who have been instructed, throughout one incident, senior producer Vicki Gordon alleged that fellow senior producer Michael Radutzky threatened to throw furnishings at her and twisted her arm behind her again, which brought on her to scream.
The outlet states that Radutzky claimed the allegations have been fabricated.
Based on Farrow, sources instructed him that Fager not solely instructed Gordon to not contact Human Sources, saying that he would speak to Radutzky himself, he requested Gordon to apologize to Radutzky to decrease any battle within the workplace.
Fager additionally denied this, claiming “I’ve by no means discouraged anybody from going to H.R.”
One other supply instructed Farrow that Fager is “an enabler of this ‘Mad Males’ tradition at ’60 Minutes.'”
In a press release offered to The New Yorker, Fager stated, “It’s incorrect that our tradition will be falsely outlined by a number of individuals with an ax to grind who’re utilizing an necessary motion as a weapon to get even, and never by the lots of of ladies and men which have thrived, each personally and professionally, at ’60 Minutes.'”
The report, titled ‘Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct,’ primarily detailed six ladies accusing CBS Chairman and CEO Moonves of sexual harassment.
In response to the story, Moonves, 68, offered a press release to The New Yorker saying, “I acknowledge that there have been occasions many years in the past once I could have made some ladies uncomfortable by making advances.”
He continued: “These have been errors, and I remorse them immensely. However I at all times understood and revered — and abided by the precept — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I’ve by no means misused my place to hurt or hinder anybody’s profession.”