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CBS Paid $5 Million in Settlement With Woman Who Accused ’60 Minutes’ Creator of Sexual Assault (Report)

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Following the exits of CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and “60 Minutes” boss Jeff Fager, an outdoor investigation has discovered that CBS has paid greater than $5 million as half of a settlement with a lady who accused “60 Minutes” collection creator Don Hewitt of sexual assault.

On Thursday, the New York Occasions revealed items of a draft report from the investigation, which was launched by the CBS board to look into the corporate’s office tradition following a number of accusations of sexual misconduct by Moonves and at “60 Minutes.”

One of the report’s revelations was that CBS reached a settlement with a lady who stated Hewitt, who created the present in 1968 and died in 2009 after handing over the reins to Fager, “sexually assaulted her on repeated occasions and destroyed her career.”

In accordance with the Occasions, the settlement was first reached greater than 20 years in the past when the corporate decided that “her allegations were credible,” and it has since paid out greater than $5 million in complete in change for the unnamed lady’s silence.

Representatives for CBS and CBS Information didn’t instantly return TheWrap’s request for remark.

In line with the Occasions, the investigation additionally discovered that the success of “60 Minutes” and its independence from the remaining of CBS Information “permitted misconduct by some ’60 Minutes’ employees,” together with former senior producer Michael Radutzky and present producer Ira Rosen.

Fager was fired in September following a New Yorker report in which he was accused of groping a former intern at a celebration and turning a blind eye towards sexual misconduct by his staff. Fager later stated he was fired for sending a threatening textual content message to a reporter who requested for his touch upon the allegations.

“We note that the misconduct of individual ’60 Minutes’ employees, including Mr. Fager and Mr. Rosen, should not have been tolerated, but we find that it was not as severe as the media accounts or as severe as the sexual misconduct that occurred during the Don Hewitt era at ’60 Minutes,’” the draft report stated, in line with the Occasions.

A consultant for Fager additionally didn’t return TheWrap’s request for remark.