Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has apologized to the family of a former television executive who accused former CBS chief Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct.
The chief’s apology came after it was disclosed that a former LAPD captain in 2017 shared information about Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb’s allegations with CBS executives, including Moonves.
The LAPD was rocked last fall amid allegations that the former commander, Cory Palka, gave Moonves special treatment when he was in charge of the LAPD’s Hollywood division. Palka allegedly worked to cover up Golden-Gottlieb’s reporting of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018, according to a November report by the New York Atty. General Leticia James.
The revelations prompted Moore to open an internal review of the conduct of a former member of her department.
On Thursday, Moore and other LAPD officials met with Golden-Gottlieb’s adult children and attorney, Gloria Allred.
“Chief Moore … updated them on the status of the investigation and apologized to them personally for our former commander’s breach of trust when he shared information about his mother’s crime report with CBS executives,” the statement said. Captain Kelly Muniz of the LAPD. in a statement on Friday.
Jim Gottlieb and Cathy Weiss spoke fondly of their mother, who died last July, during a Friday press conference with Allred in his Los Angeles office. Weiss said she was grateful her mother did not live to see how her sexual assault complaint had been handled by the highest ranking LAPD official.
“She kept [the alleged sexual assault] secret for so many decades, out of fear, even though I am a staunch feminist,” Weiss said. “She was still scared to report it, which is kind of ironic… [because] decades later, when she came forward, she was nearly silenced again.”
Weiss and his brother said they were pleased with their meeting with Moore and other LAPD officials.
“We feel they are taking this very seriously,” said Jim Gottlieb. “The general public, and especially people who file sexual assault complaints, need to be confident that the police will treat them like the victims they are, without any hint of shame or concern that their confidential report will be compromised in any way. ”
It wasn’t until the release in November of the New York attorney general’s report that Weiss and Gottlieb discovered the extent of 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 powerful television studio behind “Dallas” and “Knots Landing”. On November 10, 2017, Golden-Gottlieb drove to Hollywood Station and filed a report. She checked a box on the form that indicated she wanted the information kept private, according to Allred.
“I was so proud when my mother told me she was going to report his conduct to the police,” Weiss said.
But over the next few months, the LAPD captain secretly provided Moonves and CBS executives with updates on the LAPD’s investigation into Golden-Gottlieb’s allegations, as well as her police report, which included personal details about her, the LAPD’s office said. attorney general. CBS executives then “began to investigate the personal circumstances of the victim and his family,” the report said.
Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file charges in 2018 because the statute of limitations had expired.
Moonves, through a spokesman, declined to comment on Friday. Previously, he denied allegations of sexual misconduct.
Palka was unavailable for comment.
The LAPD’s internal investigation, looking into “the overall administrative handling of the case,” is ongoing, Muniz said Friday. “Chief Moore discussed [with the Gottlieb family] the investigative measures that have been taken and, at this time, we do not believe [Palka] was able to influence the investigation”.
Allred said he requested the meeting with Moore on behalf of Golden-Gottlieb’s children.
The meeting allowed the family to “get to know [the department’s] commitment to investigate and hold accountable those who may have violated any laws or LAPD policies,” said Jim Gottlieb.
There are indications that the investigation is expanding.
“Los Angeles Police Department investigators are working with the United States Attorney General, the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles District Attorney on any open criminal investigations,” said Muniz, the police captain.
Golden-Gottlieb filed his complaint against Moonves just as the #MeToo movement was reaching its peak. In 2018, Golden-Gottlieb also shared her story with The Times.
Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.