Epic Executives Reportedly Knew Of L.A. Reid’s Harassment Allegations
Following his surprise exit from Epic Records, more details have come to light about L.A. Reid’s alleged misconduct towards a female assistant.
Billboard reports a letter sent by the woman’s attorney featured details about the alleged sexual harassment she received over the course of a year as well as the times she informed a supervisor about them. A source adds no immediate action was taken or made about the allegations. The letter also states that another high-ranking Epic executive was informed about the misconduct by the assistant but was told, “Before you say anything more, think about what that means for you. Just think about what it means.”
Reid, his legal counsel along with Sony have all declined to comment. A person from Reid’s camp did state that the letter had inaccuracies. Throughout the letter, the staffer claimed the 60-year-old industry veteran made “inappropriate physical advances” towards her during the label’s holiday party in December. Reid has been married to author and chef Erica Reid since 2000. He also reportedly made comments about her attire. She also threatened to take legal action if a settlement wasn’t reached.
Just days before the allegations came to light, Sony Music announced Reid’s departure with the vague but forward statement, “L.A. Reid will be leaving the company.” Reid, a co-founder of the legendary LaFace Records, (Usher, Outkast, TLC, Toni Braxton) arrived at Epic in 2011 and helped bring flair and hip-hop acclaim to the label with the success of DJ Khaled, Travis Scott and Future. The label also saw pop success with the acts Fifth Harmony and Grammy-nominated Megan Trainor. In the 2000’s, Reid led Arista, introducing the world to artists like P!nk, Ciara and Avril Lavigne. From there, he went to Island Def Jam, helping usher in the massive comebacks of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.
The New York Post reports Reid is considering making a move to Warner Brothers Music Group.