Report: Former Viacom Executive Preparing Harassment Suit Against Sumner Redstone

Jul 29, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A former senior executive at Viacom is readying a harassment lawsuit against Viacom (and CBS) majority stakeholder Sumner Redstone, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.

The article does not name the executive.

The woman had worked closely with Redstone, 87, before Viacom split with CBS in 2006, and has hired attorney Anne Vladeck, who the article says represented Anucha Browne Sanders in a 2007 sexual harassment suit against Isiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden. That resulted in an $11.6 million payout to Sanders, the story adds.

The Viacom executive has made her complaint known to Viacom and CBS, and in-house attorneys are currently reviewing it. Representatives for Viacom, CBS and Redstone declined comment, as did Vladeck, the article says.

Separately, the Daily Beast’s Peter Lauria is reporting that Redstone had given a  young woman a large stock package.  He allegedly also made Showtime give the woman, Rohini Singh, a job when the company had a hiring freeze, the article says. Redstone gave her a gift of 2,522 shares of Class B Viacom stock that she sold in March for about $77,000, the article says.

As previously reported, Redstone had also given stock options to a member of the Electric Barbarellas, a band he’s trying to make television show about.

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