According to anonymous sources speaking to the New York Times, former CBS CEO and chairman Les Moonves’s downfall was far from certain once the network became aware of the first allegations against the executive. In January, when rumors first began to swirl that there was a story coming out about the CEO, Moonves met with Michael J. Aiello, a lawyer hired by the network’s board of directors, and he insisted that there were only a few incidents from before his time at CBS and nothing current for the network to worry about.
Once the Ronan Farrow story was published in The New Yorker in July, Moonves explained in a closed meeting with an independent group of loyal board members that the allegations were “grossly overstated” or untrue. “I…
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