L.A. Reid resigns as the head of Sony Music’s Epic Records label following complaints by a female co-worker that he allegedly sexually harassed her.
According to the New York Post, Reid, who has worked with Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor and many more, allegedly made several inappropriate physical advances toward an assistant.
One example cited occurred at the company’s holiday party in December, another when he reportedly “asked her to lie down in bed with him and give him a hug while the two were at a hotel while traveling on business” and made comments about what clothes he’d like to see her in, a letter claims according to the NYP.
Billboard reports the letter threatened litigation if a settlement wasn’t reached.
“We are not allowing a culture like that in this company,” one insider familiar with Reid’s ouster told The Post, “no matter how much a person brings to the bottom line.”
It’s an interesting quote, considering how Sony handled their relationship with Dr. Luke throughout the duration of his ongoing sexual assault legal battle with Kesha. They have only recently demoted him from the head of Kemosabe Records, after an extremely high-profile case garnering worldwide attention.
An artist to recently shed light on alleged sexual harassment in the industry is singer-songwriter, Bonnie McKee. “[There’s] a lot of sexual harassment,” she said in an interview earlier this year. “A lot of that. Sad to say… you sort of get used to it and you kind of learn how to read a room and know what time of day is appropriate.” She continues, “there are some people that I won’t go to night sessions because people are drinking and things get rowdy.”
Reid is said to be in talks to run the Warner Brothers label.