19:59, October 02 513 0 law.com

2017-10-02 19:59:04
CBS Drops In-House Legal Exec Over Controversial Facebook Posts On Las Vegas Shooting


In the wake of the mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night, which has so far left more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured, CBS Corp. has fired an in-house leader at the company who made Facebook posts that appeared critical of the victims, various media outlets reported Monday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Haley Geftman-Gold, who worked as a vice president and senior counsel in strategic transactions at CBS, had posted in an online Facebook discussion that has since been deleted that she “is not sympathetic” to victims because “country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Geftman-Gold also said of congressional Republicans in the thread: “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing.”

The shooting by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who fired on concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, is being widely characterized as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

CBS was not immediately available for comment on Geftman-Gold’s departure Monday, but released a statement to media outlets.

“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,” said the statement. “Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”

Geftman-Gold’s posts were first spotted by the Daily Caller.