Moonves Lawyer: CBS Investigation Was ‘Foreordained’ With ‘Baseless Conclusions’

A lawyer for Leslie Moonves has blasted the conclusions of the CBS internal investigation that cost the former CBS Corp. chairman-CEO the $120 million severance package he was due prior to his Sept. 9 ouster amid a swirl of sexual misconduct allegations.

Moonves continues to assert that his workplace-related sexual encounters were consensual, despite numerous allegations in the investigators’ report that he abused his power to coerce and at times force women into sexual acts.

Levander’s statement stopped short of confirming that the former CEO will press for his severance through private arbitration, as called for in his employment contract.

But it is no secret that Moonves has told friends that he feels “railroaded,” in the words of one source close to the situation, and he intends to fight for his severance in an effort to seek some vindication. Moonves’ wife, Julie Chen, is said to be urging him to battle back through arbitration and other efforts to demonstrate how significantly he disputes many of the allegations.

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