Jeff Fager, who was removed from his post as "60 Minutes" executive producer on Wednesday, sent a text to a CBS News reporter warning her that she could face a "serious problem" if she reported sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
Jeff Fager of the show "60 Minutes Sports" speaks on stage during the Showtime panel presentation of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2013.
Fager sent the text after Duncan sought his response to allegations that he inappropriately touched employees at company parties. Earlier this week, The New Yorker ran another story with a new claim from a producer who was an intern at CBS in the 2000s.
Fager and Rhodes had worked for several years as a team, when Fager was appointed CBS News chairman by Moonves.
Fager, in a statement to CNN, said the text was a demand that "she be fair in covering the story".
So Duncan reached out to Fager for comment, and he responded with a menacing message.
Fager's departure comes amid a slew of sexual misconduct accusations that have been leveled against the longtime CBS News executive.
Think of all the people and institutions that winced, wailed and/or wilted under the accountability furnished by the celebrated newsmagazine "60 Minutes".
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Perhaps not, but it's impossible to isolate these two things: Duncan received this message of arrogance and entitlement - indeed, a threat - because she wanted to know whether Fager really did view company functions as feel-copping expeditions.
"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be responsible for harming me", Fager wrote, per Duncan.
Farrow also cited "nineteen current and former employees" who said Fager "allowed harassment in the division". She also claims that Fager told her to apologize to the other producer to "mitigate conflict in the office".
Fager is the third major figure at CBS to lose his job in the past year over misconduct allegations, following news anchor Charlie Rose last November and CBS Corp.
He ended, "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did". Jericka Duncan, a CBS News correspondent, checked in with Fager about the claims against him. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.
News on today fired "60 Minutes" top executive Jeff Fager, who has been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and tolerated an abusive workplace.
Bloodworth Thomason soon began to hear stories from colleagues about Moonves' mistreatment of women - including the time he "shoved his tongue" into the mouth of one "iconic" CBS detective-show star after telling her that she was too old to appear on his network.