Moonves wanted to ruin Janet Jackson's career after nip-slip

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HuffPost's sources said that they felt that Moonves "played a large part" in how the public perceived Jackson in the aftermath of an event that significantly damaged her career.

Jackson became a years-long fixation for Moonves after the so-called "wardrobe malfunction" of 2004, when her breast was exposed for nine-sixteenths of a second after Justin Timberlake tore a piece of fabric off her bustier during their Super Bowl halftime performance.

According to HuffPost's sources, Timberlake "tearfully apologized" for the incident and was allowed to perform at the Grammys, but Moonves was "furious that Jackson didn't make a similarly contrite apology to him", and subsequently sought to further undercut her career.

CBS chief executive Les Moonves was reportedly so enraged by Janet Jackson's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction that he tried to destroy her career.

Moonves ordered MTV and VH1 (both Viacom properties) and all owned-radio stations to stop playing Jackson's songs and videos, as a result her newly released album at the time, suffered massively.

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Though Timberlake and Jackson both said at the time that the incident was a true malfunction, Moonves banned both artists from appearing on the 2004 Grammy Awards broadcast by CBS.

Despite allegedly forgiving the "Cry Me A River" hitmaker, Moonves, said the publication, stated that he didn't think Jackson was "sufficiently repentant".

Many media outlets revisited the controversy around the Super Bowl debacle when it was announced Justin Timberlake would headline the Super Bowl this past February.

CBS and Moonves have yet to comment on the report.

Moonves is seen as the big bad wolf and multiple sources claim that he "tends to remember who his enemies are, and exact revenge on them on his terms", and Janet happened to be one of them. Even in 2011, Moonves was still in his feelings and reportedly threw a fit after hearing that Janet signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster, who are owned by the CBS Corporation. It also comes a month after he New Yorker published a story in which six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.