Shari Redstone is fighting on all cylinders right now. Between battling her father’s mistresses and Les Moonves personally and CBS, she’s in the fight of her career. At a particularly tense moment at CBS, the company must now answer for the destruction of messages by senior executives. According to an emergency discovery motion filed by Shari Redstone’s National Amusements, CBS has admitted the spoilage of certain evidence in the ongoing battle over control of the broadcast giant.
NAI’s filing in Delaware Chancery Court is dated July 23, a few days before The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow published a bombshell story detailing sexual misconduct allegations against CBS chief Les Moonves. It’s also heavily redacted, without any public mention of any particular piece evidence. At one point, the filing notes that data has been collected for evices belonging to Moonves and COO Joe Ianiello.
Redstone’s camp is sounding the alarm about CBS’ “admitted” use of a self-destructing messaging system and demanding the impounding of electronic devices. NAI, which is trying to fend off the dilution of its voting authority in CBS, also seeks an order preventing executives from any further spoilation of potentially relevant evidence.
“The NAI Parties have been irreparably injured by the systematic deletion of highly relevant documents by key CBS senior executives over a two-year period and face the imminent threat of additional harm unless the expedited relief is granted,” states the motion.
According to NAI’s filing, CBS senior management as well as its legal department have been using an application called TigerText for official company business. The software, which deletes messages after a set time, is said to be marketed to doctors and nurses who wish to communicate in a manner compliant with health privacy laws.
This isn’t the first time that CBS has incurred trouble for not sufficiently preserving potential evidence, according THR.