Les Moonves launches new company after ouster from CBS

Les Moonves is reportedly at the helm of a new business venture just months after being ousted from CBS over a string of sexual misconduct allegations.

Moonves is heading up Moon Rise Unlimited, The New York Times reported Friday, citing a filing with the California secretary of state's office.

According to the filing, Moon Rise is a limited liability company that will focus on “entertainment services.”

CBS is reportedly footing the bill for Moonves’s office space for a year as part of his exit agreement. The network did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Friday.

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The filing shows that Moonves, who was forced out from CBS in September, has also formed Moon Rise Technologies and Moon Rise Productions to provide streaming services and entertainment production assistance, respectively, according to The Times.

However, the three companies have all maintained low profiles, with Moon Rise Unlimited not even creating a website or seeking any promotion.

A Moonves spokesperson confirmed to The Times that the former network executive had an office in a building in Hollywood but declined further comment. The building’s lobby has no directory because the “tenants don’t want people to know they are here,” a security guard on duty told the newspaper.

Moonves has denied all the misconduct allegations made against him and maintained that any sexual encounters were consensual. He is currently gearing up for a legal battle with his old company over his severance. 

CBS had said it will not pay him any of the $120 million severance package he was due under his employment contract, saying he did not cooperate with an internal company inquiry into his behavior and misled investigators. 

The network has also been paying Moonves’s legal fees as part of his exit agreement, though Moonves would have to pay for it himself if CBS wins the severance fight.