The New York Times has revealed a new allegation of misconduct against former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, that raises questions over whether the longtime media executive will receive his $120 million payout under his employment contract.
According to the article, the alleged incident, which had not previously been reported, took place in the 1990s. In the article, Mr. Moonves said the incident was consensual. However, Mr. Moonves deleted texts to the woman’s agent, which detailed how Mr. Moonves was looking to find her roles, years after the incident when reporters started probing Mr. Moonves’ past, according to the report.
The article raises questions about who knew what about the allegations and when, including interim CEO Joe Ianniello, who was Mr. Moonves’ number-two for years. As the CBS board decides whether Mr. Ianniello will be the company’s permanent CEO, these questions will certainly be a factor in their deliberations.