By Nell Scovell
9 August 2018
In Hollywood, it’s never lonely at the top. The top is where everyone wants to be your pal. That’s why the industry silence surrounding the allegations of sexual harassment against CBS chairman and chief executive, Leslie Moonves, is strange. I’m sure Mr. Moonves’s phone is filled with “Got your back, buddy” texts, but so far, his only boldfaced public support has come from Lynda Carter and Sharon Osbourne — two-thirds of a tic-tac-toe line on “Hollywood Squares.”
Stephen Colbert is one of the few high-profile men to address the subject head on. From his host desk on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” he recognized his debt to his CBS overlord while maintaining that “accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody.” That was an admirable sentiment, especially coming from the same stage where, in 2009, David Letterman announced, “I have had sex with women who work for me on this show.” Mr. Letterman’s admission was greeted with applause and laughter. It shows progress that sexual harassment in the workplace is being taken more seriously. Silence is definitely an improvement over giddy approval.
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