Former CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, who left the company under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, may not get the $120 million severance package he was expecting. Attorneys hired by the network to investigate the claims say they have enough evidence to show that CBS has grounds to deny payment to the former executive.
According to a draft report acquired by The New York Times, Moonves destroyed evidence and lied to investigators, essentially violating the terms of his employment contract.
“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 stated. The board will meet next week. Members have until January to decide the fate of Moonves’ severance package – whether he’ll get paid and, if so, how much of that multi-million-dollar package he’ll get.
Moonves stepped down as CBS CEO in September after an independent investigation into allegations of the former executive’s sexual misconduct and harassment of women. In August, actress Illena Dougles was one of six women who came forward with claims they were sexually assaulted by Moonves. Since then, the Times identified six additional women who made similar accusations of sexual harassment or assault against Moonves. Some of the women claimed that because they rejected his advances, their careers suffered.
Moonves’ attorney told The Times that his client, “denies having any nonconsensual sexual relation,” and that the former executive cooperated fully with the investigation.