Eva Longoria challenges women to “call out systematic sexism” in 2018

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Time’s Up organiser Eva Longoria is calling for a “full and transparent” investigation into CBS chief Les Moonves.

Eva Longora, alongside 300 other actresses, has been an integral part of the Time’s Up initiative since it launched seven months ago.

Which is why she’s not staying silent over the recent sexual assault allegations made against CBS chief Leslie Moonves.

In a report published last week, reporter Ronan Farrow (who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement) spoke to six women regarding claims that Moonves “forcibly kissed” them in the 1980s.

Longoria doesn’t know if the allegations made against Mooves are true, but that’s exactly why she wants a thorough investigation carried out.

“I think we need to keep calling out these corporations and the systematic sexism in these institutions and call them out to do full and transparent investigations,” Longoria told Variety.

The actress was also keen to stress that it is irrelevant that the allegations happened decades ago.

She continued: “Everybody says, ‘But [the allegations] are so old.’ No! The timing doesn’t matter. What matters is that it happened.”

 CBS chief Leslie Moonves has denied all allegations

CBS – which has produced shows such The Big Bang Theory, NCIS and The Good Wife – is America’s most watched TV channel. Currently, the CBS board of directors voted to take no action in response to the accusations. However, the company has hired law firms to investigate all allegations made. Claims have been made against specific shows such as NCIS: New Orleans, Star Trek: Discovery and CBS News magazine show, 60 Minutes.

“There were a lot of people corroborating the environment,” Longoria said. “What happens in these situations is when you uncover one person, you uncover a culture of a company. The whole culture of the company was this way — from 60 Minutes [TV show] to everything.

“If it was one person like a Harvey Weinstein, it’s a little easier to contain,” she added. “But when it’s systematic sexism, it’s a big thing to change.”

Of course, Time’s Up has tweeted its support for the accusers.

“Six women have courageously shared their stories and accused CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual harassment and assault. We believe you. We are with you. CBS we are watching. We expect a full, transparent and expedient investigation. Now. #TimesUp

You can read more about Times Up and how you can get involved here.

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