Liberal Outlet 'VICE' Apologizes for 'Boys Club' After Sexual Harassment Report
Two Canadian co-founders of Vice Media are apologizing for their workplace culture after the New York Times published a report on sexual harassment at the New York-based company.
The Liberal outlet has come under fire for a culture of sexual harassment. Earlier in the year, we reported a Vice columnist and self-identified 'male feminist' named Michael Hafford was accused of multiple violent rapes and sexual assaults.
The paper reported on Saturday that it found four settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment or defamation against Vice employees, including the current president, Andrew Creighton.
The newspaper also talked with more than two dozen women who say they experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct at the company, which has grown from a fringe Canadian culture magazine to a major news outlet. The alleged episodes included groping and forced kisses.
Co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi sent a note to staff Saturday saying the company let people down in failing to create a safe and inclusive workplace.