Tim Jensen, a former chauffeur for the 92 year old owner of CBS and Viacom Sumner Redstone, delivered a total of $1 million in cash on behalf of his boss to seven different women in Los Angeles. He made the claim in an open statement in The Hollywood Reporter.
The media mogul’s former driver, who worked for Redstone from 2011 – 2012, claims that the women in question had all spent time at Redstone’s mansion. He also said that he was instructed to make the deliveries of the cash by Redstones 45 year old girlfriend Sydney Holland.
Jensen also described how Holland had taken over Redstone’s life.
“Within my first year, I witnessed how Holland utilized Redstone’s wealth. She asked him to donate money to several charities in her name. Redstone also said he was financing her Rich Hippie Productions, which Holland said would be a full-scale film and production company, ” he said.
“By the end of 2011, Holland appeared to me to have taken charge of Redstone’s personal life, and many of us working at the house felt that she had gained significant decision-making power.”
This will surely cause a great deal of concern as to the line of succession at Viacom since Mr. redstone has been in frail health lately, missing several important events.
Patty Glaser, an attorney for Redstone and Holland, responded to Jensen’s charges telling THR, “Tim Jensen is a disgruntled ex-employee of the Viacom-Paramount film group. He has made claims in the past, and we don’t believe they have any merit. In writing, Mr. Redstone and Ms. Holland told Paramount they wished that he no longer drive them and they wished that he be relocated within the company.”
Read Jensen’s whole statement here.