REPORTS SAY L.A. REID DEPARTURE STEMS FROM BEING ACCUSED OF “UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT”

L.A. Reid’s departure from Epic Records came as an unexpected announcement last week.

Billboard reports the veteran music executive was accused of “unlawful harassment of an employee” prior to him leaving Epic.

The publication reports:

In a letter to Sony, the claimant’s attorney detailed alleged harassment his client had faced on a daily basis, which included alleged inappropriate remarks about her appearance and clothing and alleged propositions that caused her embarrassment and distress, making it impossible for her to continue working at the label. The letter — the contents of which were relayed to Billboard — threatened litigation if a settlement wasn’t reached. It wasn’t clear if Sony’s investigation had confirmed any of the letter’s allegations, and one person in Reid’s camp said the letter contained inaccuracies.

In the last two weeks, three different music industry executives have been accused of some form of harassment by former female employees.

Bad Boy Records founder Sean “Diddy” Combs is facing a lawsuit from his ex-chef over alleged sexual harassment.

Stephen Hill, the recently removed Head of Original Programming at BET, is being sued for gender discrimination and harassment.

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