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Law firms investigating CBS News details abuse – but some employees question results

A survey of CBS News has focused a lot on abuse at "60 minutes" and finds that a woman allegedly…

A survey of CBS News has focused a lot on abuse at “60 minutes” and finds that a woman allegedly assaulted several times by legendary executive producer Don Hewitt has been paid over $ 5 million over the years to keep silent, according to a draft report published by the New York Times and published Thursday evening.

The report, according to the Times, also expresses concern that women are promoted to key positions at CBS News, calling for a better process for protecting employees claiming irregularities.

However, the times said that the report did not find that there was “a poisonous job or” frat house “environment for women” in the news area outside of “60 minutes”.

However, CBS News spoke to eight coworkers on Thursday night after the New York Times story was published, which did not match that discovery.

A CBS News employee said the culture of a show was furious against bullying and sexually explicit conversations about employees.

Several women described holiday parties with inappropriate contacts and managers as sexually following subordinates.

The investigation consisted of the CBS Board and was conducted by two external law firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling. CBS News has not seen a copy of the report.

A CBS News employee said they contacted the law firm and never called back. Several women said they revealed complaints about sexual harassment and bullying to human resources, but were never contacted by investigators.

Most of the report focuses on “60 minutes” and the institutional makeup that allows improper behavior.

“The physical, administrative, and cultural distinction between” 60 minutes “and the rest of CBS News allows misunderstandings of some 60-minute employees.” The report according to the Times.

Hewitt died 2009 after leading “60 minutes” for 36 years. His successor, Jeff Fager, was fired in September after who threatened the career of a CBS News reporter who reported allegations of misconduct against him.

According to Times report continues to CBS to pay a legal solution to a woman who accused Hewitt of sexually assaulting her and then destroying her career. A deal was achieved in the 1

990s, but was revised several times, including as recently as this year. paid the woman more than $ 5 million, reported the Times.

Law firms found Fager’s firing was motivated and noted the threatening text message and the occurrence of harassment and tolerated abuse of others. Fager has denied allegations against him. And on Thursday he said he “regrets” the threatening text he sent to the CBS News reporter.

“We built a broadcast of fine men and women who do quality work,” says Fager in a statement. “It has not always been perfect and as everyone who has been in a leading position, there are things I would do differently, including the bad text I sent to a CBS reporter. My intention was just to demand justice in the coverage of a news story, but I regret the way I completed it. “

According to the papers, investigators find that” 60 minutes “and Fager has shown support for women professionally. “In recent years, the broadcast has promoted more women to producer and other leading roles, and Mr. Fager showed sensitivity and support for working women,” according to the Times report.

The report comes days after the Times reported that CBS investigators found that former CEO Les Moonves “deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct”, in part to protect his $ 120 million retirement package. Moonves was forced to act as CEO and chairman of CBS in September, after several women were accused of harassment or abuse.

CBS has its annual shareholders’ meeting on Tuesday, December 11, and the Times said that the law firm’s report will be presented to the Board before.

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