Music titan L.A. Reid – responsible for a number of hit records and artists over the past few decades was booted as Chairman and CEO of Epic Records last week. Sony Music –
the parent of Epic – confirmed the reports with a single sentence: “L.A. Reid will be leaving the company.”
That wasn’t much to go on when trying to figure out why the successful music executive was canned. But in the days after his departure became public, sexual harassment claims started to surface.
In one instance, a female assistant says Reid made multiple sexual advances including asking her to lie down in a hotel bed with him and to give him a hug during business travel. The allegations were made months before news of Reid’s exit came out, sent to Sony Music’s general counsel at the end of March.
Sources tell Variety that there have been “multiple” claims against Reid. Sony executives reportedly spent much of last week negotiating terms of his exit. Reid is represented by attorney Joel Katz, who heads the firm Greenberg Traurig’s Global Entertainment & Media arm.