Sony Music Executive L.A. Reid Accused of Sexual Harassment

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Some three days after Variety first reported that Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid was leaving Sony Music, the reason for his abrupt departure has come to light.

According to the New York Post, Reid has been accused of sexual harassment by a female assistant at Epic Records. In a letter submitted to Sony Music, the accuser, represented by an attorney, details instances during which inappropriate behavior was allegedly exhibited by the industry veteran.

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Variety has confirmed that such a letter exists, but has further learned that there have been “multiple” claims made against Reid. Sony executives have spent much of the last week negotiating terms of his exit, say insiders. Reid is represented by attorney Joel Katz, who heads the Greenberg Traurig firm’s Global Entertainment & Media arm.

On Saturday, Sony Music released a terse statement announcing his exit. “L.A. Reid will be leaving the company,” it read.

Reid was  six years into his tenure at the label he relaunched as a hub for urban acts (Future, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled) with a proven track record in pop (Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony). In fact, the week his departure was revealed, Epic had the No. 1 song in the U.S., Khaled’s “I’m the One.”

Sony Music would not comment.

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    1. Smitz says:

      While my next statement doesn’t justify it…let’s think about this realistically shall we? Like there has never been a record label executive guilty of sexual harassment no matter how slight it was…FOH!
      If it’s true…shame on him…if it’s not…shame on the assistant.

    2. Kathy says:

      Anyone else find it ridiculous when male executives can negotiate exit packages after being let go due to sexual harassment. I’ll also add, before people comment that no one knows if its true… companies such as Fox and Epic would never let go of their moneymakers if there wasn’t proof!

      • Ahsoka says:

        Completely agree with you. It kind of like the mafia, if you are a good earner you live/stay, if not then you are taken out.

    3. Susan says:

      Now we have to have surveillance cameras everywhere. Walk around with a gopro on everyone. cars with self issuing traffic tickets electronics at traffic signs.

    4. George Lewis says:

      Details? What exactly is he accused of doing? What’s his side of the story?

    5. Jim Plannette says:

      Why do ads cover part of the story and when they are closed there is an empty space in the middle of the story?

      • Jay! says:

        Yes. this is the most important thing about this article. Your shoddy web presentation. We all know this will end with a payoff and an NDA. So just let us know the when and how much.

        Thx,

        Jay!

        FIX YOUR WEBSITE!

        • Ellie says:

          And while you’re at it, Variety, get a spam comment plug-in, even a WP blog could cull the come-ons from the “make money at home” bots. Ridiculously unprofessional.

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