The report on the Charlie Rose investigation by the law firm of Proskauer Rose, which had been expected to be released this month, will be delayed, with the results to be folded into the recently begun Leslie Moonves investigation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
CBS News said this week that the Proskauer Rose findings “will now be folded into the efforts of two other law firms hired last week by the CBS board.” The company launched the Proskauer Rose probe in March in response to allegations published by The Washington Post that led to the firing of Rose as co-host of “CBS This Morning.”
“Last week, CBS News President David Rhodes told staff the initial investigation was nearing an end,” the CBS News report notes.
Rhodes is quoted saying in a note last week that was sent to all news employees: “In recent days we have been advised that the Proskauer investigation at the News Division is in high gear and is expected to return its conclusions this month.”
But the plan apparently changed after the CBS board of directors last week hired the law firms Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton to look into claims published July 27 in The New Yorker. Much of the article focuses on allegations against CBS Chairman and CEO Moonves.
Also named in the New Yorker article is “60 Minutes” chief Jeff Fager, who has been on vacation. CBS News announced Sunday that Fager would not be returning from vacation this week as scheduled.
“Having heard the investigation will be wrapping up soon, Jeff has decided to stay on vacation,” a spokesperson is quoted saying in the CBS News report.
The report notes that CBS would not say when Fager, who has denied any wrongdoing, would return.