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Me­dia: More de­tails on a preda­tory CEO

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CBS’s dis­graced former chief, Les Moonves, re­peat­edly lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors as new mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions emerged, said Rachel Abrams and Ed­mund Lee in The New York Times. The pow­er­ful ex­ec­u­tive was forced to step down in Septem­ber, as CBS hired out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tors to look into claims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have com­piled a 59-page re­port for CBS’s board, which found that Moonves had “trans­ac­tional” sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with at least four CBS em­ploy­ees and kept a woman em­ployee “on call” for oral sex. It also al­leges that Moonves “en­gaged in mul­ti­ple acts of se­ri­ous non­con­sen­sual sex­ual mis­con­duct in and out­side of the work­place.” “It looks like CBS might now have grounds to deny Les Moonves his $120 mil­lion sev­er­ance pack­age,” said Laura Bradley in Van­ity Fair. CBS hired the out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tors, in part, to de­ter­mine whether it can with­hold his whop­ping sev­er­ance, and the “damn­ing re­port” says the net­work had cause to fire him. The re­port says he deleted in­crim­i­nat­ing text mes­sages and gave in­ves­ti­ga­tors his son’s iPad in­stead of his own. One of the most pow­er­ful re­sponses to Moonves’ be­hav­ior came from CBS This Morn­ing an­chor No­rah O’Don­nell: “Women can­not achieve equal­ity in the work­place or so­ci­ety un­til there is a reck­on­ing and a tak­ing of re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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