Current and Former Employees Allege CBS’ Jeff Fager ‘Allowed Harassment,’ Inappropriately Touched Employees


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Ronan Farrow‘s bombshell new report on sexual harassment accusations against CBS CEO Les Moonves also features some serious allegations against former CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. Fager, currently the executive producer of 60 Minutes, is being accused by “nineteen current and former employees” of fostering an environment that “allowed harassment in the division.” Multiple former employees have alleged Fager “would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable” at company parties and once “made drunken advances” to one female producer. And then there are the allegations of allowing this workplace climate to go on:
According to several people who were told about the incident at the time, a senior producer named Vicki Gordon alleged that another senior producer, Michael Radutzky, threatened to throw furniture at her and twisted her arm behind her back, causing her to scream. (Radutzky categorically denied the allegations, saying that they were fabricated. The sources told me that Fager said he would address the matter with Radutzky directly, and instructed Gordon not to inform the CBS office of human resources. Later, Fager asked her to apologize to Radutzky, to mitigate conflict in the office.

Farrow’s exposé notes a New York Times report from last December that Fager “took over the writing” of a book on the history of 60 Minutes after finding out writer Richard Zoglin was asking about how women were treated there. Fager denied the allegations of inappropriate behavior and discouraging anyone from going to HR, and put out this statement:
In a statement, Fager said, “It is wrong that our culture can be falsely defined by a few people with an axe to grind who are using an important movement as a weapon to get even, and not by the hundreds of women and men that have thrived, both personally and professionally, at ‘60 Minutes.’ ” He added, “A majority of our senior staff are women. All of them worked their way up the ranks and are now managers of our broadcast. Half of our producers and a majority of our associate producers are women. It is a challenging place to do well and promotions are earned on merit and are not based on gender.”
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