Last Thursday, Sony announced that L.A. Reid would no longer be continuing as the CEO of Epic Records. Now the reasoning behind the swift departure has been announced, as Reid has been accused of sexual harassment by a female assistant.
The initial details about his dismissal were reported by The New York Post, who published a letter sent to Sony Music, which alleged Reid made “inappropriate physical advances” towards her at the company’s December holiday party. Variety have now confirmed the existence of the letter through an unnamed source whilst also announcing “multiple” harassment claims against Reid, who was said to “comment on the type of clothes he liked her to wear" as well as “once asking her to join him in bed for a hug while on a business trip.”
The letter also claims that she sent the complaint to a “high-ranking executive” at Epic, where she was told, “Before you say anything more, think about what that means for you. Just think about what it means." Epic have delivered a statement on his dismissal to the New York Post, stating, “We are not allowing a culture like that in this company, no matter how much a person brings to the bottom line.”
Reid’s dismissal was a massive surprise to the entire industry. Despite his troubles, he’s been behind teams that have unearthed the likes of Usher, OutKast, TLC at his previous label LaFace Records through to recently bringing through artists such as Future and Travis Scott. He also recently landed Epic a no.1 hit with DJ Khaled’s summer anthem “I’m The One” along with Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber and Quavo. Watch the video to that below.
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