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CBS has hired the regulation organization Proskauer Rose to conduct an external investigation into accusations of racism, sexism and abusive place of work behavior at CBS Television set stations, CBS Enjoyment Team president and CEO George Cheeks said in a Friday memo to workers.

“I … recognize that some workforce might be hesitant to appear forward and share their fears, but I assure you that your voice will be listened to, and that we will act on the findings of the investigation both of those swiftly and appropriately,” Cheeks wrote in the memo. “We also want all staff to know they can and should really increase worries in good faith and without anxiety which is why we prohibit retaliation — in any kind — against anybody who speaks up.”

Keisha-Ann Gray of Proskauer Rose will direct the external investigation, Cheeks reported.

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In a independent memo sent to team, ViacomCBS president and CEO Bob Bakish also inspired employees to “help in the investigation by coming ahead to share their fears.”

“To be very clear: our organization normally takes any allegation of misconduct really seriously, which is why we have moved speedily to have interaction an exterior investigator to conduct a evaluation of this subject,” Bakish wrote.

Previously this week, CBS placed CBS Television Stations executives Peter Dunn and David Buddy on administrative go away, pending “a third-social gathering investigation” into the accusations of misconduct — which included the bullying of feminine supervisors and initiatives to block the selecting and retention of Black journalists — that have been very first described by the Los Angeles Instances.

In modern yrs, CBS has been at the middle of a variety of scandals involving its major executives and talent that have led to the firings or compelled resignations of previous main executive Les Moonves, journalist Charlie Rose, former “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager and “MacGyver” and “Magnum PI” showrunner Peter Lenkov.

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