CBS, former Les Moonves executive, to pay millions in sexual assault cases

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — As CBS and former CEO Les Moonves agree on a multimillion-dollar settlement related to allegations of sexual assault, new allegations emerge about a senior LAPD official who is helping cover up the alleged crimes.

Cory Palka was a former LAPD Hollywood station captain and later commanding officer before retiring in early 2021 after 34 years with the department.

A new report claims Palka alerted Moonves and CBS to allegations of sexual assault and provided them with a copy of the victim’s confidential account in November 2017.

The information emerges as the New York Attorney General’s office announces a settlement that requires Moonves and CBS to pay $30.5 million to shareholders. And CBS needs to reform its staffing practices on sexual harassment.

CBS fired Moonves nearly four years ago – after two law firms conducted an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

New York prosecutors say a senior CBS executive who knew about the allegations sold millions of dollars in stock before the allegations became public.

Palka had worked as a safety for Moonves for the Grammys for six years. He left a voicemail for a CBS exec, saying, “I know we haven’t spoken in a while. I’m a captain at LAPD Hollywood. Someone walked into the station about a few hours ago and made allegations of sexual assault against your boss. It’s confidential as you know but give me a call and I can give you some details and let you know what the allegation is before it goes to the media or gets out…”

Palka then allegedly gave CBS a copy of the confidential police report so they could research the victim and her family.

According to the Attorney General’s release, he also told them he would instruct the investigating officer to admonish the victim not to speak to the media.

The department now describes Palka’s alleged actions as appalling.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore issued this statement: “Most appalling is the alleged breach of trust by a member of the LAPD in one of the most vulnerable victims of sexual assault. This undermines public trust and is not thoughtful of our values ​​as an organization.”

Palka had been a relatively high-profile commander of the department, which was the subject of multiple media interviews. In one particularly poignant moment, he was praised for kneeling beside protesters angry at police misconduct and the killing of George Floyd.

Eyewitness News interviewed Palka in late 2020 as he prepared to leave the department.

According to the New York AG report, Palka met Moonves in person to update him on the investigation and assured him the case was a “denial.”

After the CBS boss resigned, Palka sent him a message that said, “I will always stand by you and pledge my allegiance to you. You have embodied leadership, class and the highest character through it all. With the utmost respect.”

The LAPD says it is working with the attorney generals of New York and California as they investigate Palka’s alleged actions.

The department also initiates its own investigations.

“An internal investigation has been launched to review this behavior to ensure that no other individuals are involved or anything else that we would need to address regarding this incident,” LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz told Eyewitness News.

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Laura Coffey

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