The Los Angeles Police On Wednesday, it said it had launched an internal investigation of a retired police chief who allegedly informed Leslie Moonves, who was then CEO of CBS Corp. , about a November 2017 sexual assault investigation, in which he swore his “loyalty” to Moonves as he worked to keep the prosecution out of the press.
LAPD identified the retired commander Wednesday night as Cory Balka, who left the department in February 2021 after 34 years on the force.
Palka’s behavior surfaced on Wednesday as part of the New York attorney general’s investigation into The company deals with allegations of sexual misconduct Which eventually led to Monves’ ouster in 2018.
according to 37 page reportPalka revealed the woman’s claim to a CBS executive just hours after she filed the complaint. Balka later gave CBS executives a complete copy of the classified police report, including the woman’s personally identifiable information, and took several steps to keep CBS informed of the progress of the investigation.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore called Balka’s behavior “appalling” in a statement released Wednesday night, and said an internal investigation has been opened against him and any other LAPD members who may have been involved.
“Ever appalling is the alleged breach of trust of a sexual assault victim, who is among the most vulnerable, by a member of the Los Angeles Police Department,” Moore said in the statement. “This erodes public trust and does not reflect our values as an organization.”
Balka was a captain at the time of the Moonves investigation, and was captain of the Hollywood department, where the report was presented. He had a previous relationship with CBS because he was hired to work as the Moonves’ security assistant for the Grammy Awards from 2008-2014, according to the attorney general’s report.
Top CBS security officials were able to take advantage of the police report – months before the allegations were made public – to conduct log searches on her and her family in an effort to figure out what it would take to buy her silence, according to the report.
Balka went so far as to meet Monv in person at the Westlake Village restaurant to brief him on the investigation and the defendant’s contacts with the police and the DA office.
“During the meeting, Moonves said he wanted to close the LAPD investigation and discussed the matter of contacting other government officials,” the report read.
Palca has also been in contact with Monves’ lawyer. At one point in the investigation, he sent the lawyer a text saying he would ask the investigating officer to “make contact and censure the accused tomorrow about refraining from going to the media and maintaining its confidentiality.”
He also assured CBS officials that he had taken steps to ensure that the report would not be leaked to the press.
“The key is for no other accused to come forward,” Balka wrote, according to the report.
On November 30, 2017 – 20 days after the report was submitted – Balka confirmed to CBS officials that the case was a “definite denial,” meaning that the DA would decline to press charges.
The DA office ultimately refused to prosecute because the alleged assault dates back to the 1980s and was beyond the statute of limitations.
The woman, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, told her story to Ronan Farrow, who posted a Story about Moonves at the New Yorker on September 9, 2018. Moonves resigned later that day, and was eventually formally terminated by the company after an investigation.
Balka sent a message to a CBS executive that day, saying, “I’m so sorry to hear this news Ian. It’s making me sick. We’ve worked hard to try to avoid this day. I’m so sad.”
Two days later, he wrote directly to Monfils: “Les—I am so sorry this has happened. I will always stand by you and pledge my loyalty to you. You have personified leadership, class and supreme character through all of this.”
Balka appeared as himself in two episodes of the Amazon series “Bush,” according to IMDb. In 2021, Michael Connelly, author of the “Bush” books and executive producer of the series, Favor Balka “It opened a lot of doors to our production.” Balka also received news coverage afterwards take the knee With protesters during demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd in 2020.