CBS Executives Accused Of "Racist" And "Sexist" Comments Will Not Be Returning To Their ViacomCBS Positions

They were placed on leave after a Los Angeles Times article detailed accusations of "racist" and "sexist" comments about employees, including staff at CBS3.

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- We have an update on the ongoing investigation involving two senior managers at CBC, which owns CBS 3. We learned today that CBS station president Peter Dunne and senior vice president of news David Friend will not be returning to their positions and will be leaving Viacom CBS. They were placed on leave after a Los Angeles Times article detailed accusations of racist and sexist comments about employees, including staff here at CBS 3.

In a statement this afternoon, Dunn's attorney said, "we are disappointed in the ruling but CBS has not found any wrongdoing in relation to Peter Dunn. The termination is without cause and Peter continues to be paid according to his contract. We hope that in the future he will be fully exonerated."

Back in January, Friend said in a statement, quote, "these comments I may have made about our employees or prospective hires were only based on performance or qualifications, not about anyone's race or gender." He also said that he and CBS stations had a strong track record of hiring and supporting women and journalists of color. The external investigation is ongoing.