Six women accused Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct in an August 2018 exposé by The New Yorker. The executive stepped down in September after six more women came forward with similar allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
CBS conducted a further investigation and found Moonves guilty of “multiple acts of serious non-consensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace.” So far, a total of 17 women have come forward with allegations.
Moonves denies any non-consensual claims.
“In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations,” he said in a statement to the New Yorker. “I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career.”
The CBS Board says Moonves destroyed evidence and misled investigators during the proceedings. As a result, the company stated Moonves will not receive his $120 million exit payout.
“With regard to Mr. Moonves, we have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation,” they explained in a statement.