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Redstone Writes That He Doesn't Trust Viacom Chief

Newspaper article International New York Times

Redstone Writes That He Doesn't Trust Viacom Chief

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Sumner Redstone said in an emailed letter that he no longer trusts Viacom's chief, Philippe Dauman, or the company's board.

The ailing media mogul Sumner M. Redstone declared in a rare missive sent on Wednesday that he no longer trusted Philippe P. Dauman, Viacom's embattled chief executive, or those who support him.

"I am being sued by my fellow board members and my wishes are being ignored," Mr. Redstone said in the 81-word letter to Viacom's lead independent director, Frederic V. Salerno. Mr. Redstone went on to state that he was "determined to act in the best interests of the company and all of its shareholders."

"I do not trust you or the current board to do the same," Mr. Redstone continued. Of Mr. Dauman, he said, "I no longer trust Philippe or those who support him." The letter was sent via email through Mr. …

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