Citing statute of limitations, LA prosecutors decline to pursue past Les Moonves sex assault claims
Photo: Bill Inoshita/CBS 2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to prosecute a case by a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by CBS President and CEO Les Moonves thirty years ago because the statute of limitations had expired.
The unidentified woman, who was an acquaintance of Moonves, reported three alleged incidents to the police this past February: one from July 1986 and two others in January 1988.
“Victim disclosed the second two incidents to a friend approximately a year before making report to law enforcement. The applicable statutes of limitation have expired as to all three incidents,” according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney charge evaluation worksheet, portions of which were redacted.
The news comes on the heels of an article by Ronan Farrow published in The New Yorker Friday alleging that “six women who had professional dealings” with Moonves said he sexually harassed them between the 1980s and early 2000s.
Farrow tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the latest revelations “appear to stem from allegations not included in our story, from a different, additional woman.”
CBS declined to comment on the latest reports. In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves denied the allegations in their reporting, but acknowledged, “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely,” However, he insisted, “I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”
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