Les Moonves Will Contest the $120 Million Settlement CBS Denied Him


After conducting an internal investigation in December into the numerous sexual assault allegations directed at Les Moonves, CBS determined the disgraced CEO was not eligible for a $120 million settlement as previously reported. Now he’s planning on fighting for that money.

When Moonves left the cable network in September 2018, not long after getting the Ronan Farrow treatment, his separation agreement included “a provision letting him demand binding arbitration” which he is now employing, Deadline reports. A representative for Moonves has yet to comment, but CBS shared the following:

“Mr. Moonves notified the Company of his election to demand binding arbitration with respect to this matter. The Company does not intend to comment further on this matter during the pendency of the arbitration proceedings.”

According to Deadline, Moonves decision to fight for the supposed settlement “has been expected since the board’s announcement on December 17,” despite the fact that the New York Times reported multiple, harrowing cases of sexual abuse that investigators were able to verify, and that Moonves destroyed evidence during CBS’ investigation into the allegations against him.

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