CBS’ Les Moonves Sabotaged Janet Jackson’s Career Following Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction

CBS’ Les Moonves Sabotaged Janet Jackson’s Career Following Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction

CBS’ Les Moonves Sabotaged Janet Jackson’s Career Following Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction

Multiple unnamed sources told HuffPost that Moonves considered Jackson "not sufficiently repentant" for the incident, in which Justin Timberlake ripped away a piece of Jackson's leather outfit during the halftime show and left her breast exposed for "9/16 of a second" on live TV.

Back in 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's infamous Super Bowl halftime performance ended with what both entertainers claimed was an accidental boob flash due to a wardrobe malfunction.

And 14 years later, we find out CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves - Who's in charge of the Super Bowl - was on a warpath to ruin Jackson's career ever since.

Influential CBS boss Les Moonves reportedly harbored a grudge against singer Janet Jackson, after her notorious 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" that may have had a significant negative impact on her career.

What followed was a series of intentional moves to block the promotion of Jackson's work on Viacom-owned properties including MTV, VH1 and the company's radio stations - moves that ultimately had an effect on the sales of Jackson's Damita Jo, which she released a month after the Super Bowl controversy took place. Timberlake went on to enjoy a celebrated career (which he does to this day) and Jackson was made to deal with the consequences alone. Timberlake, however, was able to perform after he allegedly offered a tearful apology for the incident, according to various sources HuffPost spoke with who were familiar with the matter.


In July, Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women, and, according to various reports, he will soon depart CBS with a severance package of $100 million in stock.

"How the f-- did she slip through?" He also told others that heads would roll as a result of it.

As for Moonves, he is now under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct by lawyers hired by the CBS Board of Directors.

The CBS chief was also allegedly upset when he found out Simon & Schuster, which is also owned by Viacom, had signed the singer to a book deal for "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself".

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