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CBS CEO Les Moonves Reportedly Sabotaged Janet Jackson’s Career After Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction

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The CEO and Chairman of CBS reportedly tried to ruin Janet Jackson‘s career following the wardrobe malfunction that took place at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Les Moonves, who is currently facing sexual harassment allegations following an investigation by The New Yorker, targeted Jackson after the wardrobe malfunction that occurred during the Super Bowl. The singer’s breast was shown for less than a second after Justin Timberlake tore a piece of fabric off her bustier during their halftime show. Because of the incident, CBS and MTV, which produced the show, received a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission.

Although Jackson and Timberlake called the incident a mistake, Moonves believed that it was an intentional act to stir up controversy and thought that Jackson wasn’t as apologetic as she should’ve been.

According to a report from Huffington Post, Moonves had initially banned Jackson and Timberlake from the 2004 Grammys broadcast but then allowed the latter to perform after he tearfully apologized for the incident. However, Moonves was reportedly furious that Jackson didn’t offer a similar apology, and began to sabotage her career.

As Huffington Post reports:

“Moonves ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson’s songs and music videos. The move had a huge impact on sales of her album Damita Jo, which was released in March 2004, just a month after the Super Bowl.”

According to sources that the website spoke with, many felt that Moonves played a large part in how Jackson was perceived by the public.

Seven years after the incident, Moonves came for Jackson again after he found out she had signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster to release True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. The publishing company is owned by Viacom. Although it’s unknown if Moonves took action against anyone who gave Jackson the book deal he reportedly said “How the fuck did she slip through?” upon learning about it.

While Moonves seems to be dealing with some Karmic retribution for his actions, Jackson recently celebrated her late brother’s 60th birthday by recreating the music video for his song “Remember The Time.”

Source: Huffington Post

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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