Viacom's Philippe Dauman Calls For 'Decency' In Discussions Of Sumner Redstone's Condition
December 8, 2015 at 4:18 AM (PT)
VIACOM Pres./CEO PHILIPPE DAUMAN told the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in NEW YORK MONDAY (12/6) that his boss, VIACOM and CBS CORP. Chairman SUMNER REDSTONE, is ailing but "fully in charge of his own health care decisions today" and called for a "sense of decency" in public discussions of the mogul's present state, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Responding to the lawsuit by REDSTONE's ex-girlfriend MANUELA HERZER over DAUMAN's replacing her as REDSTONE's representative and major shareholder MARIO GABELLI's call for disclosure of the 92-year-old REDSTONE's state, DAUMAN, decrying "misinformation" and "hyperventilation" in public in the past week, said that REDSTONE "is fully in charge of his own healthcare decisions today" despite illness that requires medical supervision, but said that "nothing has changed" recently and that he talks to REDSTONE several times a week. He suggested that those discussing REDSTONE's condition ask themselves if they are talking about him "with humanity and decency ... We should just maintain a sense of decency here."
DAUMAN noted that the company will pass to a seven-member trust including himself and REDSTONE's daughter SHARI upon REDSTONE's death.