“Showgirls” actress Bobbie Phillips claims Les Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him during a 1995 meeting, then conspired with her then-manager to cover it up.
Phillips, who has also appeared in shows including “The Watcher,” “Baywatch” and “The Cape,” told the New York Times that her former manager, Marv Dauer, set up a meeting for her with Moonves in March 1995, when she was in her late 20s.
She claims she met him at his office at the Warner Bros. studio and said Moonves, after walking her through several ongoing projects, exposed himself to her.
“Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show,” he allegedly said before forcing his penis into Phillips’ mouth.
She told the Times that they were interrupted by a phone call and that Moonves walked away to take the call.
“I felt my blood rushing in my body,” she said. “All I could think,” she said, “was that I wanted to use the baseball bat to knock his head off.”
Moonves told the Times that the oral sex was consensual.
Decades later, as the #MeToo movement took over, Moonves seemingly grew concerned about when his time would be up.
“I think I’ll be O.K., But if Bobbie talks, I’m done,” he texted Dauer, according to the Times.
As time went on, Moonves allegedly tried to bribe Phillips to keep quiet by offering her movie roles.
Dauer, who was getting calls from reporters about Moonves’ misconduct, reportedly helped secure auditions for his client, but he claims he played no part in any blackmail.
The role, it turned out, was a $1,500 offer for a day’s work as “a big, friendly woman clad in overalls” on CBS’ “Blood and Treasure.”
Phillips declined, at which point she claims the offer was upped to $5,000. She still said no.
“I didn’t care about this particular role, and yet top CBS brass suddenly are eager for me to accept it,” she told the Times. “It all seemed so baffling to me.”
Days later, the first of several exposés about Moonves was published.
At least a dozen women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against Moonves, who resigned as CEO of CBS in September.
He continues to die any misconduct, but said several of the described encounters, including with Phillips, were consensual.
“For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS’s renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company. The best part of this journey has been working alongside the dedicated and talented people in this company. Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed,” he said in a statement when he stepped down.
“Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am. Effective immediately I will no longer be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS. I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees.”