After Republic Records launched an investigation last month into its president, Charlie Walk, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by former staffers from different points of his career, the label and the music industry executive are parting ways, Variety reports. It was a mutual agreement, according to a statement obtained by the magazine.
Previously, Walk was placed on leave at Republic, a division of the Universal Music Group, after various women accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct. He also left his spot as a judge on Fox’s reality TV show/singing competition, The Four.
Walk was first accused of sexual misconduct in late January in an open letter written by Tristan Coopersmith, a former Walk employee who detailed how the music executive (then at Columbia Records) hired her in her 20s, positioned himself as a mentor, and consistently made “lewd comments” about her. Coopersmith also stated that Walk began to invite her to business dinners and once pushed her into his bedroom and onto his bed.
After Coopersmith, more women came forward, including former a Republic Records staffer who said Walk sent her photos and video of himself in his underwear.
Walk has previously denied all of the allegations made against him, telling Rolling Stone, “I did not do these things and this is not who I am.”
According to Variety, he has retained lawyer Patricia Glaser, who also represents Harvey Weinstein.
We’ve reached out to representatives at Republic Records and will update this post if we heard back.