Viacom’s Sumner Redstone in 2014. Photo via jewishbusinessnews.com

CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves can be questioned about his knowledge of the past sexual relationships Sumner Redstone had with other women beginning with the time the 94-year-old billionaire became involved with former girlfriend Sydney Holland, who Redstone is suing for elder abuse, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Hess denied a motion by lawyers for Redstone to quash the subpoena served on Moonves. Hess said he was balancing the right to privacy of Redstone — who was executive chairman of both Viacom and CBS Corp. until stepping down in February 2016 — and the other women with the rights of Holland’s lawyers to provide her a proper defense.

Holland’s lawyer, Mark Holscher, said Moonves was a regular visitor to the Sumner home in Beverly Park after Redstone became romantically involved with Holland in 2010.

“This is not some stranger,” Holscher said.

Holscher told the judge that Moonves will know about millions of dollars in gifts Redstone gave to the other women with whom he had a sexual relationship.

“This is the way the man lived his life,” Holscher said of Redstone. “This man paid money to women. It’s something he voluntarily did.”

Holscher said the request for information is carefully crafted to obtain only what he needs to defend Holland during trial.

“We’re not seeking any intimate details,” Holscher said.

Moonves also must produce any documents he has regarding his knowledge of Redstone’s sexual relationships with the other women from 2010 to the present.

Redstone sued Holland and another former live-in companion, Manuela Herzer, last October. Redstone evicted both from his home in 2015.

Holland, 45, dated Redstone for five years. In her cross-complaint against Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, Holland alleges the latter violated her privacy and induced a breach of contract because the media mogul had previously agreed to provide financial support to Holland and her daughter for the rest of their lives.

In a related issue, Redstone’s attorney, Robert Klieger, said he is exploring the possibility of having a “modified guardianship” established to have someone assist his client in making decisions during the course of the litigation. Klieger said he regularly talks with Redstone and that his client is in complete control of the lawsuit, but does have some difficulty communicating.

Holscher replied that if a guardian is appointed, that means Redstone is incompetent. Holscher and Herzer’s lawyer, Ronald Richards, have both maintained that Redstone is not competent and that his daughter is the one behind the litigation.

–City News Service

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