Published May 15, 2017Last week, long-running music industry mogul (and former X Factor judge) L.A. Reid surprised many when he stepped down from his role as head of Epic Records and parted ways with Sony Music. Now, it looks like a scandal is brewing amidst accusations of sexual harassment.
According to the New York Post, the 60-year-old industry vet was accused of making inappropriate advances toward a female assistant. The Post has obtained details of a letter the woman sent to Sony Music's general counsel Julie Swidler on March 22.
In the letter, the assistant (whose name was withheld) accused Reid of sexual harassment. She said the producer and executive made inappropriate advances toward her at Epic's holiday party in December, adding that he asked her to lie down in bed with him and give him a hug while they were on a business trip together.
The letter added that Reid allegedly commented on what clothes he liked her to wear, describing her as looking "fine."
"We are not allowing a culture like that in this company no matter how much a person brings to the bottom line," a source told the Post.
When Reid parted ways with Epic, it was announced in a brief statement via Sony Music: "L.A. Reid will be leaving the company." The mogul has been telling friends that he left to consider a position at Warner Brothers.
Stay tuned for more news on this story as it develops.