Les Moonves might be in even bigger trouble than originally believed.
The former CBS chairman was forced to resign after more than a dozen women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.
Now it is being reported Moonves purposely destroyed evidence and misread investigators in an attempt to protect his reputation and a lucrative severance package. The New York Times first obtained the 59-page report.
Moonves engaged in “multiple acts of serious, nonconsensual sexual misconduct” in and out of the workplace. according to the Times. Lawyers investigating the claims reportedly found Mooves to be “evasive and untruthful.”
CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter shared this statement on Tuesday from the CBS board of directors.
In an update on Thursday, CBS President and Acting CEO Joseph Ianniello addressed a memo to CBS employees.
“It’s frustrating that confidential information from the ongoing investigation made its way to the public before management and the board knew about it – and importantly, before we could communicate with all of you,” Ianniello said in a statement published by Variety. “And while we still don’t yet know the actual results, I do understand that the investigation is nearing an end.”
“We in management, as well as our board members, understand that these stories are very disconcerting. At the same time, we should all be proud that we’ve been able to maintain our focus, and continue to perform at a high level, no matter the circumstances,” he continued. “We will continue to communicate as information comes in. I know we are all anxious to put this chapter behind us. In the meantime, thank you for your commitment to this outstanding Company and know we’re all in this together.”
CBS reportedly has cause to deny Moonves his $120 million severance if the information obtained is deemed legitimate.