CBS CEO says leak of Les Moonves probe ‘troubling’

CBS’ top brass is trying to steady the ship after a report leaked to the press revealed new salacious details of Leslie Moonves’ sexual misconduct at the company.

Calling the leak “troubling,” interim Chief Executive Officer Joe Ianniello expressed frustration that the report was published before the investigation into the claims had been closed.

“It’s frustrating that confidential information from the ongoing investigation made its way to the public before management and the board knew about it — and importantly, before we could communicate with all of you,” he said via a memo to staff Thursday. “And while we still don’t yet know the actual results, I do understand that the investigation is nearing an end.”

In September, after Moonves resigned as chairman and CEO, the CBS board hired law firm Debevoise & Plimpton to investigate the allegations. The results of the report will help determine whether Moonves should receive a $120 million severance package that CBS has waiting for him.

The leaked draft of the report, published by The New York Times earlier this week, revealed that Moonves had a network employee “on call” for oral sex, as well as evidence that the mogul concealed evidence of sexual misconduct. The report also revealed that employees, as well as some members of CBS’ board, knew about Moonves’ conduct and they helped to conceal it at the time.

Ianniello did not address those claims, however; instead, he offered: “We in management, as well as our board members, understand that these stories are very disconcerting … I know we are all anxious to put this chapter behind us.”

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