Hard Life of a Top Manager: CBS CEO Les Moonves Accused of Having an Employee “On Call” to Perform Oral Sex on Him
WASHINGTON, DC – December 5, 2018
Nothing can save the moral image of top managers of large companies from their final decomposition. They live a hard but pleasant life. Their children and wives are waiting for them at home, and outside -- a wonderful world of pleasure, expensive alcohol, light and fashionable drugs, travel, and of course, other women.
Top managers, successful political strategists, advertisers, bankers, company owners -- for them this way of life is part of the job. Sometimes the truth comes out. Sometimes they have to talk in public about the high demands of morality and the unacceptability of such behavior, using stock phrases, but in reality, they don’t blame their “exposed” colleagues, but pity them and help then leave quietly and save their fortunes.
That is exactly what is happening with former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who is now accused of having an employee “on call” to perform oral sex on him and lying to CBS investigators.
As the Daily Caller noted, Moonves resigned in September after at least a dozen women said Moonves had subjected them to harassment, had forced them to perform oral sex on him, had exposed himself, and had used physical violence and intimidation against them.
CBS’s board of directors began investigating the allegations after initial reports, but there was a possibility Moonves could still walk away with a settlement exceeding $100 million. That payout seems increasingly unlikely after The New York Times reported that Moonves attempted to silence his accusers, destroyed evidence, and lied to investigators.
The new allegations are all detailed in a 59-page draft report by investigators who are attempting to show that Moonves violated the terms of his employment agreement, allowing CBS to fire him for cause and withhold a large severance payment.
“Based on the facts developed to date, we believe that the board would have multiple bases upon which to conclude that the company was entitled to terminate Moonves for cause,” the report says.
When talking to Moonves about the allegations, investigators say they found him to be “evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct.”
In the course of their probe, investigators also learned of additional allegations against Moonves, pushing the total of accusers up to 17. In addition to engaging in “transactional” sex that would violate the company’s sexual harassment policy, Moonves allegedly had an employee “who was ‘on call’ to perform oral sex.”
The investigators’ report also alleges that at least one CBS board member-- communications head Gil Schwartz--mishandled sexual misconduct allegations. A now-deceased CBS board member is said to have known about at least one allegation against Moonves, but declined to tell other board members and publicly defended Moonves. Meanwhile, Schwartz apparently learned about an allegation in late 2017 and drafted a resignation letter for Moonves that was never signed.