The CBS board was hell-bent on keeping accused sexual assaulter Les Moonves in places as CEO, and the only thing that changed their stance was the revelation that he tried to bribe an accuser with a cushy job, The New York Times reports.
Citing unnamed sources, the article purports that multiple board members were keen on keeping Moonves after the accusations of harassment and assault, and could only be persuaded otherwise when they learned that the unnamed accuser was going to go public with the bribery allegations.
One board member, William Cohen, reportedly said during a July conference call: "We are going to stay in this meeting until midnight if we need to until we get an agreement that we stand 100 percent behind our C.E.O., and there will be no change in his status."
Board member and Oscar-winning producer Arnold Kopelson reportedly said: "I don’t care if 30 more women come forward and allege this kind of stuff. Les is our leader and it wouldn’t change my opinion of him."
Moonves resigned Sunday after The New Yorker published six more stories from women who said he harassed them. CBS is holding Moonves’ $120 million severance package pending the results of an investigation.