Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has apologized to the family of a former TV executive who accused former CBS boss Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct.
The chief’s apology came after the revelation that a former LAPD captain shared information about Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb’s allegations with CBS executives, including Moonves, in 2017.
The LAPD was rocked last fall by allegations that former commander Cory Palka gave Moonves special treatment when he was in charge of the LAPD’s Hollywood division. According to a November report by New York Atty, Palka allegedly worked to cover up Golden-Gottlieb’s sexual assault report in 2017 and 2018. General Letitia James.
The revelations prompted Moore to launch an internal investigation into the behavior of a former member of his department.
On Thursday, Moore and other LAPD officers met with Golden-Gottlieb’s adult children and attorney Gloria Allred.
“Chief Moore … updated them on the status of the investigation and personally apologized to them for the breach of trust by our former commando officer in leaking information about their mother’s crime report to CBS executives,” LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said in a statement Friday.
Jim Gottlieb and Cathy Weiss spoke fondly of their mother, who died last July, during a news conference with Allred at her Los Angeles office on Friday. Weiss said she was grateful that her mother did not live to see her sexual assault complaint handled by the senior LAPD official.
“She kept [the alleged sexual assault] Kept secret for decades out of fear, even though she was a staunch feminist,” Weiss said. “She was still terrified of reporting, which is kind of ironic… [because] Decades later, when she came forward, she was nearly silenced again.”
Weiss and her brother said they were pleased with their meeting with Moore and other LAPD officers.
“We have a feeling they are taking this matter very seriously,” said Jim Gottlieb. “The public in general, and individuals who make sexual assault reports in particular, need to be confident that the police are treating them for the victims they are, without shame or worry that their confidential report will be compromised in any way.” way is compromised.”
It wasn’t until the New York Attorney General’s report was released in November that Weiss and Gottlieb discovered the extent of the coordination between Palka, who has since retired, Moonves and others at CBS to bury her mother’s allegations.
In 2017, Golden-Gottlieb, then 81, accused Moonves of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1980s when they were colleagues at Lorimar Productions, the lead television studio behind “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.” On November 10, 2017, Golden-Gottlieb drove to Hollywood and filed a complaint. According to Allred, she ticked a box on the form indicating she would like the information to be kept confidential.
“I was so proud when my mother told me she would report his behavior to the police,” Weiss said.
But over the next few months, the LAPD Capt. secretly provided Moonves and CBS executives with status updates about the LAPD’s investigation into Golden-Gottlieb’s claims, as well as her police report, which included personal details about her, the attorney general’s office said. CBS executives “then began investigating the victim’s personal circumstances and those of her family,” the report said.
The Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in 2018 because the statute of limitations had expired.
Moonves declined to comment through a spokesman on Friday. He had previously denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Palka could not be reached for comment.
The LAPD’s internal investigation into “the entire administrative handling of the case” is still ongoing, Muniz said on Friday. “Chief Moore spoke about it [with the Gottlieb family] the investigative steps that have been taken and at this point we do not believe [Palka] could influence the investigation.”
Allred said she requested the meeting with Moore on behalf of Golden-Gottlieb’s children.
The meeting allowed the family to “learn something [the department’s] Commitment to investigating and holding accountable those who may have violated LAPD law or policy,” said Jim Gottlieb.
There are indications that the investigation is expanding.
“Los Angeles Police Department investigators are cooperating with the United States Attorney General, the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles District Attorney on all outstanding criminal investigations,” said Muniz, the police captain.
Golden-Gottlieb filed her complaint against Moonves just as the #MeToo movement reached a boiling point. In 2018, Golden-Gottlieb also shared her story with The Times.
Times contributor Richard Winton contributed to this report.