Liberal left “paper of record” The New York Times is taking aim at liberal left media outlet VICE for its “boy’s club” environment.
The NYT is reporting that allegations of sexual harassment and revenge were levied by over two dozen women who say they experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct at the company.
Zerohedge reports that VICE settled with four other women for sexual harassment or defamation as well.
An investigation by The New York Times has found four settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment or defamation against Vice employees, including its current president. –NYT
In a statement to The Times, CEO Shane Smith and co-founder Suroosh Alvi said “from the top down, we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive,” adding that a “boys club” culture at Vice had “fostered inappropriate behavior that permeated throughout the company.”
In 2016, Vice’s president, Andrew Creighton paid $135,000 to a former employee who was fired after she wouldn’t sleep with him, while earlier this year, VICE settled with former employee Martina Veltroni, who claimed that her supervisor retaliated against her after they had a sexual relationship. The supervisor, Jason Mojica – the former head of Vice News, was fired last month.
The $6 billion media company also reached a $24,000 settlement with a London journalist, Joanna Fuertes-Knight, who said she had been sexually harassed, and suffered racial and gender discrimination along with bullying. She claims that a Vice producer, Rhys James, made sexist statements to her – including asking whether or not she slept with black men, as well as the color of her nipples.
Disney owns an 18% stake in VICE, while private equity firm TPG invested $450 million in June, valuing the company at around $5.7 billion.