Les Moonves Tried to Blacklist Janet Jackson After Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction


According to a report published by HuffPost on Thursday, Moonves targeted Jackson because he felt she wasn't apologetic enough after her breast was exposed during the performance when singer Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of fabric from her costume.

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Just one week later, both Jackson and Timberlake were banned from the 2004 Grammys broadcast.

A new report claims that Moonves was "obsessed" with ruining Janet Jackson's career following her 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, an incident that Jackson and her co-performer Justin Timberlake have insisted was an accident.

Moonves was allegedly furious that Jackson did not offer a similar apology and ordered properties at Viacom, which was the parent company of CBS at the time, to stop playing the singer's music.

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In his current position, Moonves oversees all operations of CBS Corp., including the CBS Television Network, the CW network, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group, CBS Films, CBS Interactive, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. Timberlake was only allowed to perform after he tearfully apologized for the incident, according to sources.

CBS sources told the Huffington Post they believed Moonves was directly responsible for how Jackson, whose career took a beating after the Super Bowl debacle, was perceived by the public.

"How the f-- did she slip through?" Moonves reportedly said, according to a source from the story. "The fallout from the incident inflicted significant damage on Jackson's career ― which until that point had produced 10 No. 1 hits ― and still reverberates to this day", the report states.

CBS has appointed two law firms to investigate Moonves for sexual misconduct allegations stemming from a July New Yorker article.

The report adds that Moonves used his connections in the industry to allegedly block any forward progress after forgiving Timberlake after his tearful apology but not getting the same in return from Jackson. Moonves is now facing sexual harassment allegations.