Jackson and Timberlake both said the incident was truly a malfunction ― that Timberlake was only meant to rip away the leather on Jackson's bustier to reveal red lace, but instead ripped away everything, leaving her breast exposed to over 100 million Super Bowl fans.
The CBS CEO is reportedly one to hold grudges - often for years.
Moonves proceeded to ban Justin and Janet from the 2004 Grammys, which aired on CBS a week after the Super Bowl.
Amid a legal dispute over control of CBS Corporation, the company's board of directors is arranging an exit plan for CEO Les Moonves, who is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Federal Communications Commission issued a $550 000 fine to MTV and CBS as producers of the half-time show. But Timberlake was allowed to perform after he tearfully apologized for the incident, according to conversations Moonves had with my sources.
As well, Moonves reportedly ordered all Viacom properties, including MTV, VH1 as well as all of their radio stations, to stop playing Janet Jackson music and videos, which tanked sales of her album "Damita Jo", which she released in March 2004, the Huffington Post said. However, Moonves wasn't satisfied with this explanation, and he reportedly spent the next decade undercutting Jackson - a spiteful reaction that significantly damaged the female pop singer's career.
The report adds that Moonves used his connections in the industry to allegedly block any forward progress after forgiving Timberlake after his tearful apology but not getting the same in return from Jackson.
Both the singers said the tear was unintentional but Moonves reportedly would not let it go - who thought the Jackson and Timberlake deliberately wanted to stir up controversy.
"How the f-- did she slip through?"
Seven years later, in 2011, Moonves continued his crusade when he learned that Jackson had signed a book deal with Viacom-owned publisher Simon & Schuster.
Moonves is now facing a possible ouster from CBS amid sexual harassment allegations. It also comes a month after he New Yorker published a story in which six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.