September 29, 2023


Arts Eternal

Former CBS head Les Moonves won’t get $120M severance, ViacomCBS says

ViacomCBS said Friday that former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not get his $120 million US severance package following his ouster in 2018, ending a long-running dispute over the money.

Moonves was ousted in 2018 after a company investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct spanning three decades found that Moonves violated company policy and did not co-operate with the investigation.

But Moonves challenged the decision, and his $120 million US severance was set aside until the matter could be resolved.

On Friday, New York-based ViacomCBS said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the matter had been resolved, the arbitration dismissed and the $120 million US would be going back to ViacomCBS in its entirety. No further details were provided.

Moonves was one of television’s most influential figures, credited for turning around the fortunes of CBS when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995. He had been one of the highest-paid executives in the country, making about $70 million US a year at the end of his run with the company.

He was ousted after allegations from women who said he subjected them to mistreatment, including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted. Moonves has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.