Two high-ranking media executives have been placed on leave in the wake of a report detailing allegations of sexual harassment against the men.
The New York Times reports that Vice Media suspended its president, Andrew Creighton, and its chief digital officer, Mike Germano. The move followed the detailing of allegations of “old-school sexual harassment” at Vice in a report published Dec. 23 by The New York Times.
A memo circulated Tuesday morning to staffers informed them of the move.
“Sarah Broderick, Vice’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said in the memo that a special committee of the company’s board was ‘reviewing the facts’ related to a $135,000 settlement Mr. Creighton had reached in 2016 with a former employee, who claimed that she was fired after she rejected an intimate relationship with him, according to people briefed on the matter and documents viewed by The Times,” the paper reports.
The Times adds: “The committee plans to make a recommendation regarding the matter to senior management before the company’s Jan. 11 board meeting, and Mr. Creighton will remain out of the office on leave until then, Ms. Broderick said.”
Broderick reportedly said of the allegations involved in the 2016 settlement that they were reviewed at the time by an independent law firm and the claim “was found to lack merit,” but the company had settled to “avoid the expense and distraction of litigation.”