Report: CBS Boss Had Worker 'On Call' for Oral Sex

Lawyers say Moonves was 'evasive and untruthful'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2018 6:31 AM CST
Updated Dec 5, 2018 6:59 AM CST
Les Moonves speaks at the Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 2013.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves engaged in widespread sexual misconduct in the workplace, according to a report from lawyers the network hired to investigate allegations. Investigators were told by multiple CBS employees that Moonves kept a woman on the payroll "on call to perform oral sex," according to the New York Times, which has reviewed the draft report. The report states that Moonves "admitted to receiving oral sex from the woman, his subordinate." The report states that in addition to consensual affairs, Moonves received oral sex from at least four CBS employees "under circumstances that sound transactional and improper to the extent that there was no hint of any relationship, romance, or reciprocity."

The Times says the lawyers—which interviewed Moonves several times—found that the longtime CBS head "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." The lawyers said they found him to be "evasive and untruthful" in his answers. They found that the network has ample justification to deny Moonves his $120 million severance package. He negotiated the exit package after allegations surfaced in September, but the network won't have to pay up if he is fired for cause. The full report is expected to be presented to the CBS board at its annual meeting next week, reports Variety. (An actress says Moonves forced her to perform oral sex the year he came to the network.)

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