Angela Lansbury caught in the center of sexual harassment speculations
A scathing piece published on Hollywood Reporter has the internet wondering if Angela Lansbury was a victim of harassment.
In her article, Linda Bloodworth Thomason explains how Len Moonves, a former CEO of CBS, ruined her career for several years.
She said in her personal experience, harassment isn't always sexual but could take other forms as well. Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.
However, she mentions an actress in her article who had an unpleasant interaction with Moonves, and many thought she referred to Angela Lansbury.
"I would hear how he had invited a famous actress to lunch in the CBS dining room. Coming off the cancellation of her iconic detective show, the star began pitching a new one."
The unnamed actress was told that she was "too old to be on his network." She was devastated by this news.
So Linda Bloodworth Thomason's Hollywood Reporter takedown of Les Moonves seems to heavily imply that Moonves sexually assaulted Angela Lansbury.— Artie Bucco (@ChurchCarlton) September 12, 2018
As she got up to leave, Moonves took her by the shoulders, saying he can't let her leave like that, and then "shoved his tongue down her throat."
Lansbury's "Murder, She Wrote" was canceled in the nineties and many netizens believed that she fit the description.
Reading Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s Hollywood Reporter piece on how Les Moonves treated her at CBS. This passage stuck out to me. Is she referring to Angela Lansbury??? https://t.co/ITlYT630on pic.twitter.com/yrnR0osdsH— Jim (@Lokay) September 12, 2018
They also found a quote from Moonves from 2011, when he said Lansbury was the sexiest woman when he joined the network but thankfully that changed over the years.
Les Moonves in 2011: "when I first got to CBS, the sexiest woman on the network was Angela Lansbury but fortunately we’re doing a little bit better than that now." https://t.co/cM1kmd5q0x— JB (@jbranti) September 12, 2018
"It was someone great but not Angela!"
For all of you who are asking if the great Angela Lansbury was the mystery actress mentioned by my wife, Linda Bloodworth in her THR op-ed about CBS’s Moonves- it was someone great but not Angela!— Harry Thomason (@HarryHzt) September 15, 2018
Six other women have also accused Moonves of sexual harassment; four of them accused him of "forcible touching and kissing."
Two said they were physically intimidated by him, or that he threatened to ruin their career if they "rejected his advances."
He has since admitted in a statement that there were times when he "may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances."
MOONVES ABUSE SCANDAL: CBS head Les Moonves has stepped down after more women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct – with Moonves denying the claims and CBS saying he will stay on as an adviser for up to a year. @EvaPilgrim reports. https://t.co/2rehjviVWu pic.twitter.com/qG9h0qsGtl— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) September 11, 2018
In response to that, Thomason wrote:
"Like a lot of women in Hollywood, I am happy to dance on his professional grave. And not just any dance — this will be the Macarena, the rumba, the cha-cha and the Moonwalk. You get the idea."
The entertainment industry has been tipped on its head since well-known media executives and celebrities were accused of sexual misconduct.
It began with Harvey Weinstein back in 2017. He has since turned himself in to the police for charges related to sex crimes.
Earlier this year, Matt Lauer also lost his anchor job at Today when several colleagues spoke out about the abuse they suffered at his hands.