May 30, 2024 Your Source for Brentwood News

Former CBS CEO Admits Role in Disclosure of Confidential Police Information

Leslie Moonves Fined for Aiding Misuse of Confidential Data in LAPD Complaint

Former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has acknowledged his involvement in facilitating the disclosure and misuse of confidential information pertaining to a police complaint. Moonves admitted to assisting a former police captain in leveraging his city position to serve Moonves’s personal interests. This acknowledgment comes alongside a maximum fine of $15,000 imposed on Moonves. CBS announced that Moonves would leave the company after the allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018. 

The incident dates back to November 10, 2017, when Cory Palka, then Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollywood Division, contacted Ian Melrose, former CBS Senior Vice President of Talent Relations and Special Events. Palka left a voicemail for Metrose, alluding to confidential allegations against Metrose’s superior regarding sexual assault. Moonves was identified as the mentioned “boss” in Palka’s message. Palka’s familiarity with Metrose and Moonves stemmed from Metrose’s prior employment of Palka, with CBS having compensated him for serving as Moonves’s security aide at the Grammy Awards from 2008 through 2014.

According to the police report, Phyllis Gottlieb approached the LAPD Hollywood Division station on the same day, alleging that Moonves sexually assaulted her in 1986. The report, marked as confidential, contained personal information about Gottlieb, including her name, address, phone number, and driver’s license number.

Following Palka’s voicemail, Metrose requested a copy of the police report from Palka on November 11, 2017. Palka promptly forwarded an unredacted copy to Metrose via text message. Metrose then disseminated the report to Moonves, the CBS Chief Communications Officer, and the CBS Chief Security Officer. Moonves, in turn, expressed a desire to speak with Palka’s attorney regarding the matter.

Over the ensuing days, Moonves engaged in multiple text exchanges with Palka through Metrose. They discussed strategies to mitigate media attention and evaluated Gottlieb’s complaint. In one instance, Palka informed Metrose about the District Attorney’s review process, emphasizing the importance of no additional accusers emerging. Metrose relayed these conversations to Moonves.

Moonves, Palka, and Metrose met face-to-face on November 25, 2017, at a restaurant in Westlake Village, California. This meeting, unrelated to the official LAPD investigation, lasted approximately an hour and focused on the ongoing police inquiry. Palka later updated Metrose on Gottlieb’s follow-up interview with the LAPD, a message Metrose passed on to Moonves.

Further text exchanges between Moonves and Palka occurred, including discussions on the credibility of Gottlieb’s complaint and details about the District Attorney’s process. Moonves resigned from CBS in September 2018. Following this development, Palka expressed his support and allegiance to Moonves.

The Office of the New York State Attorney General released a public report on the matter on November 2, 2022, shedding light on the sequence of events surrounding Moonves’s involvement in the misuse of confidential information related to a police complaint.

in News
Related Posts

(Video) Join a Rock Band This Summer With School of Rock Camps

May 30, 2024

May 30, 2024

SOR Has Venice and West L.A. Locations @brentwoodnewsla Join a rock band this summer at School of Rock #schoolofrock #rocknroll...

Kiesza Unveils Epic Single “The Mysterious Disappearance of Etta Place”, Will Perform at OUTLOUD Festival

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

Electro-pop Star Fuses Folk Storytelling with Cutting-Edge Beats in New Song Electro-pop superstar Kiesza has released one of the most...

Southern California Man Indicted for Hate Crime in Culver City Assault

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

Suspect Faces Up to Ten Years in Federal Prison A federal grand jury has indicted Jesse Allen Lindsey, 37, on...

LA Pride Interview: Sean Gaynor Discusses Booking Star-Studded Lineup for LA Pride’s Annual Concert Event

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

LA Pride in the Park to Feature Ricky Martin in an Electrifying Headline Performance Pride Month is nearly here so...

(Video) Dayglow Coffee Opens New Location in Larchmont

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

The specialty coffee shop that serves premium coffee as drip or hand brew coffee, canned cold brew and espresso drinks....

Thousands of UAW Members Join Strike at UCLA and UC Davis Over Unfair Labor Practices

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Union Demand UC Respect Free Speech Rights and Provide Safe Work Environments Thousands of UAW Local 4811 members at UCLA...

Murder Charge Added in Venice Canals Assault Case After Victim’s Death

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Anthony Jones Now Faces Life Sentence Without Possibility of Parole  Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that...

Celebrate National Burger Day with Free Burgers and Special Deals on May 28

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

From Arby’s to Wendy’s, Find out Where to Score the Best Burger Deals As National Burger Day approaches on May...

Pultizer Prize Winning Rapper Signs Deal To Purchase Pricey Brentwood Estate

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Deal Would Be One of the Biggest Real Estate Sales in 2024  Pulitzer Prize winning rapper Kendrick Lamar has agreed...

SaMo Pride to Illuminate Santa Monica with June Celebrations for the Whole Family

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Drag Queen Storytime, Musical Performances to Honor LGBTQ+ Community The annual SaMo Pride celebration is set to paint the city...

Check Out Local Library Events and Upcoming Programs Going Into June

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Brentwood, Palisades, and West Los Angeles Libaries Schedules Included As the school year draws to a close, the Brentwood Library...

Measles Case Reported in Traveler at LAX: Health Officials Issue Exposure Warning

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Fourth Infectious Case of Measles in Los Angeles This Year, Third at LAX The Los Angeles County Department of Public...

West Hollywood’s Arts and Culture Industry Generates $12.4 Million in 2022

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

Industry Supports 248 Jobs and Contributes $3.4 Million in Tax Revenue The nonprofit arts and culture sector in West Hollywood...

UAW Local 4811 Calls for Strike at UCLA and UC Davis Over Unresolved Labor Practices

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

UCLA Administration Calls in Riot Police Over Brief Establishment of Second Encampment The Executive Board of UAW Local 4811 called...