Sumner Redstone, the majority stakeholder of both CBS and Viacom, is allegedly "proud" of the attention he’s receiving from the odd 3-minute voicemail he left for The Daily Beast reporter Peter Lauria, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.
According to an unnamed source close to Viacom, Redstone is basking in the attention from the voicemail, in which he seemingly offers a bribe to the reporter if he agrees to give up a source, the article says. The attention makes Redstone, 87, feel as if people know he’s still alive, the story says.
Redstone contacted Lauria to find out who leaked a story to him about Redstone’s support and funding of an all-woman music group called The Electric Barbarellas, who are also the focus of a proposed MTV reality show. Singer Heather Naylor started as an MTV assistant, when she was given insider stock options, something that is usually unheard of for a production assistant, the story says.
Naylor sold 4,950 shares for $157,000 in March, the report adds. Naylor hung up when called for comment, while Viacom spokesman Carl Folta had no comment.