Julie Chen Stands by Husband Les Moonves After Sexual Harassment Accusations: ‘Leslie Is a Good Man’

Host of “Big Brother” and “The Talk” has been married to CBS chief for 14 years

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Julie Chen has issued a statement in support of her husband, CBS boss Leslie Moonves, after he was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching in a New Yorker exposé on Friday.

“I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years,” Chen wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.”

Chen, who hosts “Big Brother” and “The Talk” on CBS, has been married to Moonves since 2004. Together, they have one son, born in 2009.

Moonves was the subject of a bombshell New Yorker report released on Friday, in which six women accused him of unwanted sexual contact in separate incidents ranging from the late 1980s through the early 2000s.

Among the accusers named in the report are “Six Feet Under” star Illeana Douglas, who said Moonves “violently” kissed her during a business meeting in his office; actress Janet Jones, who said he “threw himself” on top of her while he was an executive at Twentieth Century Fox; the producer Christine Peters, who said he stuck his hand up her skirt during a meeting to discuss the possibility of her overseeing the CBS Films studio; and the Emmy-winning writer Dinah Kirgo.

In a statement to the New Yorker, Moonves acknowledged “mistakes” throughout his tenure as a Hollywood executive, including “times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances.”

“Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely,” he said. “But I always understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”

In its own statement, the network said it is “committed to being part of the solution to those important issues.”