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L.A. Reid’s Epic Records departure due to sexual harassment claims – report

Music mogul Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid ousting as Epic Records chief came after a co-worker complained about alleged sexual harassment, a new report states.
According to editors at The New York Post, a letter sent by a lawyer for an unnamed female co-worker to Sony Music’s General Counsel Julie Swindler on 22 March (17), alleged the 60-year-old had made inappropriate advances towards her at a company party.
Epic Records, which Reid had headed since 2011, is a subsidiary of Sony’s music division.
On Saturday (13May17) bosses at Sony released a short statement confirming Reid’s departure from the label which read, “L.A. Reid will be leaving the company.”
The New York Post report states that the female assistant’s letter also alleges the label boss asked her to lie down in bed with him and hug while the two were at a hotel on company business, and that he made comments about her clothing and appearance.
An insider told the newspaper that Sony bosses took any allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously.
“We are not allowing a culture like that in this company, no matter how much a person brings to the bottom line,” the source told The Post.
Reid’s lawyer Joel Katz has declined to comment on the allegations. A source close to the mogul has told the newspaper that the letter contains inaccuracies.
Last month (Apr17) Sony bosses ousted another label boss, Lukasz ‘Dr. Luke’ Gottwald from his position as the head of their subsidiary Kemosabe Records.
Gottwald has been involved in a three year legal battle with singer-songwriter Kesha, who sued him alleging he sexually abused her while acting as her producer.
He has denied the allegations and is suing her for defamation.

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