Ousted CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves destroyed evidence and misled investigators who were looking into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Moonves, according to a draft of a report prepared for the company’s directors, The New York Times reports.
Moonves reportedly got in the way of the investigation in an effort to save his reputation along with his lucrative severance package from CBS.
“The report, by lawyers hired by the network, says the company has justification to deny Mr. Moonves his $120 million severance,” The Times reports. “Mr. Moonves reigned as one of Hollywood’s most successful and celebrated executives for decades before being forced to step down in September after allegations by numerous women.”
The Times, which reviewed a copy of the draft, quotes it saying Moonves “engaged in multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace, both before and after he came to CBS in 1995.”
The Times notes that the draft includes previously undisclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by Moonves.
“The lawyers who conducted the inquiry wrote that they had spoken with Mr. Moonves four times and found him to be ‘evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct,'” The Times reports.
The publication also quotes the report saying: “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.”