The Los Angeles Times has parted ways with a music and culture writer who is accused of expensing a $5,000 strip club tab, according to a report in TheWrap.
Sasha Frere-Jones, who became the Times’ critic-at-large about 10 months ago after more than 10 years at The New Yorker, reportedly departed after a series of ethical issues at the paper. A rep for the Times confirmed that he recently resigned, according to TheWrap.
“According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Frere-Jones recently filed a $5,000 expense report for a venue that the paper discovered was actually a strip club,” the story reports. “Asked to explain, Frere-Jones said he was writing an article about a rapper. But according to the insider, the rapper’s representatives told the paper that no interview had taken place.”
The report cites a source at the paper describing additional allegations against Frere-Jones such as accepting expensive freebies from his sources.