Did a Now-Retired Captain within the LAPD Cowl Up Former CBS Chief’s Sexual Assault?

Did a now-retired captain with the Los Angeles Police Division (LAPD) criminally conspire with CBS executives to cowl up a sexual assault allegation in opposition to former CBS president and CEO Les Moonves?

New York prosecutors in CBS and Moonves’ insider buying and selling investigation say he did and filed proof with the courtroom.

The LAPD accusations surfaced as a part of a multi-million dollar settlement filed Wednesday in opposition to CBS and CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves for concealing sexual assault allegations, deceptive buyers about these allegations, and insider buying and selling utilizing foreknowledge that allegations would quickly grow to be public.

The New York settlement requires CBS and Moonves to pay $30.5 in restitution, most of which is able to go to CBS shareholders defrauded by the corporate’s deceit. Moonves can be now barred from accepting an govt or officer place at any public firm working in New York for 5 years with out written approval from the Workplace of the Lawyer Basic.

Within the settlement and discontinuance document, prosecutors alleged, and filed supporting data that documented, {that a} former Los Angeles Police Division captain conspired with CBS executives to assist Moonves cowl up a sexual assault allegation by illegally sharing confidential details about Moonves’ accuser and updates on the investigation with CBS.

On one night time in November 2017, a girl got here to an LAPD Hollywood Division station home and reported her alleged sexual misconduct by Moonves and retaliation in opposition to her that adopted. She filed a kind explicitly requesting that her report be saved confidential.

That very same night time, the unnamed LAPD police captain known as Ian Metrose, a senior govt who dealt with expertise relations, and left a voice mail:

“Any person walked within the station a couple of couple hours in the past and made allegations in opposition to your boss concerning a sexual assault,” the captain allegedly instructed Metrose within the voicemail. “It’s confidential, as you recognize, however name me, and I can provide you a number of the particulars and allow you to know what the allegation is earlier than it goes to the media or will get out.”

The following day, the captain allegedly ahead Metrose the unredacted confidential police report at his request, which was circulated between different executives and Moonves. The captain then continued to replace Moonves and Metrose by way of textual content all through the investigation, together with texts the place he shared plans to chastise the accuser for going to the press about her assault.

“After attempting to bury the reality to guard their fortunes, as we speak CBS and Leslie Moonves are paying tens of millions of {dollars} for his or her wrongdoing,” New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James said in a statement on Wednesday. “At present’s motion ought to ship a robust message to corporations throughout New York that profiting off injustice is not going to be tolerated and those that violate the legislation might be held accountable.”

Afterward Wednesday, the LAPD announced that it has launched an inner investigation into the retired commander and the allegations filed by the New York lawyer common. The LAPD can even cooperate with New York and California Lawyer Basic investigations into the alleged misconduct.

“What’s most appalling is the alleged breach of belief of a sufferer of sexual assault, who’s among the many most susceptible, by a member of the LAPD,” said LAPD Chief Michael Moore. “This erodes the general public belief and isn’t reflective of our values as a corporation.”