Ronan Farrow Says Not So Fast on Leslie Moonves Bombshell: ‘Not Getting the Full or Correct Story’

Farrow warns the world to be careful with speculation about his next piece for The New Yorker

Last Updated: July 27, 2018 @ 1:53 PM

Ronan Farrow issued a “reminder” to the world on Friday that he would not comment on stories that he has not yet published, and warned readers to be skeptical if they were learning about his work from other sources.

“A quick reminder that I don’t comment on reporting I haven’t published, and if you’re reading about my work from secondary sources you’re often not getting the full or correct story — especially in cases where parties have an interest in downplaying or otherwise spinning,” he said.

Farrow did not specifically mention any names, or specially call out CBS or Moonves in his tweet.

The tweet is timely, however, after The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday morning that Farrow would imminently published a piece in the New Yorker including accusations of  sexual misconduct against CBS chief Les Moonves.

CBS went on to release a statement that it was launching an investigation into a sexual misconduct claim, but also did not name Moonves. “All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard,” the network said.

“Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.”

The statement continued by citing CBS’ “very public legal dispute” — a reference to Moonves’ fight with CBS’s controlling shareholder Shari Redstone over a merger with Viacom.

“The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company’s very public legal dispute,” it read. “While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members. Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners.”

Shares of CBS Corp. stock later 6 percent over intraday trade in the wake of the company statement.

Redstone herself later shot back denying the “malicious insinuation” that she was behind the allegations against the CBS chief.

A person with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap that Moonves would stay on leading CBS during the investigation.

Farrow also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap regarding any upcoming New Yorker expose.