Viacom, Directors Question Which Redstone’s Pulling the Strings

May 21, 2016 5:20 AM

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Viacom, Directors Question Which Redstone’s Pulling the Strings

Sumner Redstone was “attentive and as opinionated as ever” when the 92-year-old ousted Viacom Inc.’s top executive Philippe Dauman from his future role as overseer of a family trust, Redstone’s attorney said, terming Friday’s surprise move in the best interests of shareholders.

In response, Viacom said it had received no communication from Redstone, portraying him as a shut-in, and said the actions attributed to him were “completely inconsistent with his long expressed wishes and intent.” A company director derided the latest turn of events as “unsettling and sad.”

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