An Investigation into the Los Angeles Police Into an Entertainment Officer’s Susceptibility for Sexual Misconducting and the Redstone Family Legacy
This account is based on numerous interviews, including with Ms. Golden-Gottlieb and Gil Schwartz, the former head of corporate communications for CBS; confidential notes of interviews of Mr. Moonves by CBS lawyers; a person directly familiar with how Ms. Golden-Gottlieb’s complaint was handled by the police; and documents obtained by the New York attorney general’s office. The Redstone Family Legacy will be the subject of a forthcoming book by two reporters, titled “Unscripted: The epic battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy.” For this article, the L.A.P.D. did not reply to a request for comment.
This week, the L.A.P.D. started an investigation into the retired captain’s conduct. But the circumstances surrounding the officer’s actions and Mr. Moonves’s eventual downfall, much of which has not previously been detailed publicly, highlight the powerful entertainment industry’s attempting to use any means at its disposal, including relationships with law enforcement, to try and keep allegations of misconduct quiet. The Los Angeles police referred Mr. Moonves to the county district attorney regarding the accusations, which was read by The New York Times.
The firing of Mr. Moonves, the CEO of CBS, came just days after more than a dozen women, including his own doctor, accused him of sexual wrongdoing. He retreated to his home in Malibu and Beverly Hills. Initially a reluctant participant in her father’s business empire, intimidated by the big names attending the annual media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Ms. Redstone not only survived the “nuclear” option but emerged on top.
Today Shari Redstone ranks among the most powerful executives in Hollywood. She is non executive chair of Paramount Global, the company home to hit shows like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Yellowstone” when it was created from the combination of CBS and Viacom.