Shari Redstone, CBS Corp.'s controlling shareholder, said his colleague Charles Gifford once grabbed her face and ordered her to listen to him, part of a new complaint filed on Tuesday.
Redstone, who is Tussi, has spoken with Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Leslie Moonves, about the fate of the owner of the most watched prime-time network in the US, said on Tuesday in a counterclaim to Moonves and another CBS Director with complaints about Gifford's behavior that never gave a response. 19659002] The lawsuit filed by National Amusements Inc. accused Gifford of acting "intimidating and harassing" twice in 2016 and 2017. In one case, the former Bank of America Corp. executive tried to "grab them" face and distract them to listen to him, "according to the lawsuit.
After hearing Shari Redstone was upset, Gifford said that "he meant no offense, so he treated his daughters as he wa your attention," noted NAI's lawyers in a footnote in the lawsuit. Redstone stated that she was not the daughter of Gifford, but the deputy chairman of CBS.
CBS officials said Shari Redstone has always acted with Gifford in the best interest of all CBS shareholders.
"As a result of Mr. Gifford's unwavering confidence in good corporate governance, it is unfortunate and revealing that NAI is unfounded personal CBS spokesman said by email
Redstone also suggested to other CBS board members that Gifford was not responsible for his interactions with her Seat should be re-nominated, the lawsuit said.
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While Moonves and CBS Director Richard Parsons have promised to return to Shari Redstone via Gifford's board status, There is no indication in the complaint that the duo of directors has responded to the proposal that they [1
"I was in very hot board meetings and have never seen anyone offensive to another person, "said Elson, who served as director of Bob Evans Restaurants Inc. and Sunbeam Corp.  Physically working with a director to formulate a point "is unlikely to meet the standard of what we would call good governance," added Larry Hamermesh, a professor at Widener University specializing in Delaware's corporate law ,
have concerns about having someone on the blackboard who saw this behavior as acceptable, "said Hamermesh.
The case is against National Amusements Inc. CBS, 2018-0342, Delaware Chancery Court (1965). Wilmington) 19659002] – With the support of Nabila Ahmed and Lucas Shaw