According to The New York Times, CBS did a network investigation into the sexual assault and harassment allegations against their former head bitch Les Moonves. They hired attorneys who are now done looking into over a dozen claims of sexual misconduct and the report is not glowing… unlike Les’ old office in a black light.
The investigation found that Les “received oral sex from at least 4 CBS employees under circumstances that sound transactional and improper.” Which is exactly what it sounds like. The investigation also found that Les had “destroyed evidence and misled” the investigators who he spoke with. The investigators found him:
“evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct.”
An evasive untrustworthy television network executive?! I. Am. Shocked!
Of these 4 women one of them was “at his beck and call for years” and the other CBS employees said they knew about the woman and thought she was “protected from discipline or termination.” Les confirmed with investigators but he said it was consensual.
When Les married Julie Chen in 2004 it was a “bright line” after which the sexual misconduct seems to have stopped. Now we know why Julie is sticking so hard by her man, eh?
Ultimately, even though Les seemed to be less gross after 2004, the investigators concluded that CBS does have justification to pull his $120 million severance package, viewing his behavior as violating his employment agreement.
“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 says.
The 59-page report will be turned into the board who will meet next week. And so there’s a chance that the board will refuse to pay up that $120 million (and they will since they’re trying to keep as many coins as possible), and there’s also a chance that they will hit Les with a bill to send in Hazmat to completely scrub and probably scorch his office at CBS of his grossness.