CBS Reportedly Finds Ex-Chief Les Moonves Destroyed Evidence in Attempt to Cover Up Sexual Misconduct
Lawyers hired by CBS to investigate former CEO Les Moonves found the executive destroyed evidence and tried to obstruct an investigation into his sexual misconduct, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
According to a draft of the lawyers’ report obtained by the Times, Moonves destroyed evidence and lied to investigators in an effort to preserve his reputation and massive severance deal. The lawyers found CBS has justification to deny Moonves his $120 million severance deal.
Per the Times, the report found Moonves “engaged in multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace, both before and after he came to CBS in 1995,” and includes new revelations of misconduct. The lawyers who spoke to Moonves as part of the investigation said they found him to be “evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct.”
“Based on the facts developed to date, we believe that the board would have multiple bases upon which to conclude that the company was entitled to terminate Moonves for cause,” the report said, per the Times.
Following an illustrious career in entertainment — which culminated in a series of executive positions at CBS starting in 1995 — Moonves was ousted this September after 12 women accused him of harassment and assault in a bombshell New Yorker report.
Read the Times report here.
[image via Getty]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org