Former CBS boss Les Moonves allegedly received oral sex from multiple employees and even had one of them ‘on-call’ to perform it when he demanded, according to a new bombshell report.
The findings mean the disgraced media executive could lose his $120million severance.
Moonves stepped down as the Chairman and CEO of CBS in September after a total of 12 women accused him of either forcing himself on them or being sexually inappropriate.
CBS hired two law firms to investigate Moonves following the allegations and now a New York Times report has revealed their findings as detailed in a draft report.
In the report, investigators found that Moonves ‘received oral sex from at least 4 CBS employees’.
Investigators noted that the instances were ‘transactional and improper to the extent that there was no hint of any relationship, romance, or reciprocity’.
Though the lawyers were not able to speak directly with all of the women, they determined that ‘such a pattern arguably constitutes willful misfeasance and violation of the company’s sexual harassment policy’.
The lawyers also wrote in their findings that they had received ‘multiple reports about a network employee who was “on call” to perform oral sex’ on Moonves.
Moonves reportedly admitted to receiving oral sex from the woman but claimed it was ‘consensual’. Moonves has denied having any nonconsensual sexual relationships.
The disgraced CBS boss’ lawyer said that his client had ‘never put or kept someone on the payroll for the purpose of sex’.
It was also discovered over the course of the investigation that Moonves had destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to save his reputation and his severance package, according to the Times.
Investigators said they found Moonves to be ‘evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct’.
According to the Times, CBS now has justification to deny Moonves his $120million severance.
But it’s unlikely the company will make a decision any time soon, with the investigation expected to conclude by the end of January.
According to the report, Moonves’ marriage to Julie Chen in 2004 appears to have caused the alleged sexual misconduct to stop.
It is also revealed that in 2017, Gil Schwartz, the longtime head of communications for CBS, drafted a resignation letter for Moonves after learning one of his accusers had spoken with Vanity Fair.
Moonves refused to sign the letter.
The bombshell report comes nearly a week after it was claimed that Moonves lost his job after he tried to stop Bobbie Phillips from sharing allegations of sexual misconduct by giving her a role on a CBS series.
According to The New York Times, Bobbie Phillips was trying to break into the industry back in 1995 when she met Moonves at his office to discuss possible work, a fact that both parties and Phillips’ agent acknowledge to be true.
Halfway through that meeting, Phillips claims that Moonves exposed himself and said ‘look how hard you make me’.
That is when he allegedly forced himself into her mouth, stating: ‘Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show.’
Moonves denies ever forcing Phillips to perform oral sex, but does not deny that the sex act took place.
The two were interrupted halfway through when Moonves received a phone call, at which point Phillips said she fled from the office.
‘I felt my blood rushing in my body,’ said Phillips.
‘I was vibrating. I can still feel it.’
Moonves began to worry about the incident approximately a year ago according to Phillips’ agent Marv Dauer, and became increasingly concerned over time.
‘If Bobbie talks, I’m, finished,’ he wrote in a text to Dauer.
Dauer is upfront about the fact that he used his knowledge of the Phillips scandal to try and get work for her and his other clients on CBS.
Phillips broke down in tears and refused according to Dauer, saying she never wanted to see Moonves again or meet with any of the producers.
Then, a year ago, word got out about a possible piece being written about Moonves’ past, and the CBS head allegedly grew concerned that Phillips would be the focus.
It is claimed that once the CBS board learned that Moonves offered Phillips work to stay silent he was booted. Phillips has now filed a $15million lawsuit.
In addition to trying to silence her, Phillips is accusing Moonves of defaming her by stating the encounter was consensual.
Moonves ‘reopened these wounds, causing medical injuries and effectively ending her acting career’, said Phillips’ lawyer.