Vice Says Exec Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Has Left Company
NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) – Vice said Tuesday that its chief digital officer, who had been on leave while it investigated allegations of sexual misconduct, has left the digital media company.
Vice had said in early January that the executive, Mike Germano, was on leave, as well as its president, Andrew Creighton. The New York Times reported in late December of sexual misconduct at Vice, including allegations of misbehaviour by Germano and Creighton.
Vice did not reply to questions Tuesday about why Germano had left the company. A spokesman said the Creighton investigation is ongoing.
Germano, reached on Twitter, where he has a verified account, said he was not fired. He said he left Vice because his company, Carrot, a digital agency that Vice acquired in 2013, was fully merged into Vice.
“With that and the distraction from all this I didn’t believe it was positive for myself or the company to return,” he said in a direct message.
Vice has grown from a Canadian magazine to a dominant online video company, expanding into TV around the world. In a memo in early January, the New York-based company explained how it is trying to make its company culture better for women.
The Times had reported that a woman said Germano told her he didn’t want to hire her because he wanted to have sex with her. Another woman said he pulled her on to his lap at a work event at a bar.
The Times also reported that Vice paid a former female employee a $135,000 settlement in 2016 after she said she was fired when she rejected Creighton’s advances. Vice had said in its early-January memo that it was taking another look at her claims, which were found to lack merit at the time.