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Sep102018

Amid new sex accusations against her husband Les Moonves, Julie Chen taking time off from 'The Talk'

Monty Brinton/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- A day after her husband, chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Les Moonves stepped down amid new sexual accusations from six new alleged victims, Julie Chen was a no-show on the season premiere of her CBS show The Talk.

In a statement Chen noted on Monday, "I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family. I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother."

In July, Chen defended her husband against accusations  from another group of six other women; these new accusations of sexual harassment -- and in at least two cases, physical and sexual assault -- were made in a follow-up article by Ronan Farrow published in The New Yorker.

Chen had called Moonves a "good man, a loving father" and a "kind, decent, and moral human being," adding on her chat show that that she stands "by that statement today, tomorrow, forever."

Moonves denied the accusations detailed in the latest New Yorker story.  In a statement to the magazine, he said:

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me."

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