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Dec302011

Hewlett-Packard CEO Sex Harassment Scandal Detailed in Letter

PRNewsFoto/Verizon Wireless(NEW YORK) -- A letter describing allegations of sexual harassment by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has surfaced, claiming that the married Hurd repeatedly pressured a female contractor for sex and bragged about his popularity with “many” women, including Sheryl Crow.

Hurd allegedly showed off his checking-account balance of over $1 million to impress the contractor, Jodie Fisher, who made the allegations of harassment.

Fisher hosted executive summit events for HP, earning $30,000 for her efforts. The letter written by her celebrity attorney Gloria Allred was obtained by the media late Thursday after the Delaware Supreme Court unsealed it. Hurd’s lawyers tried to keep the letter confidential but the court ruled the attorneys did not show that disclosing it would violate California’s privacy rights.

Hurd, CEO and president of HP from 2005, resigned in August 2010 after being accused of sexual harassment by Fisher. He received a severance package of $12.2 million. Hurd is now working for HP competitor Oracle as a co-president.

The letter, obtained by the New York Times, was addressed to Hurd from Allred and dated June 24, 2010. It details how Fisher felt uncomfortable and “baffled” after the two met to discuss potential job hosting events. Allred wrote in the letter that Hurd had seen Fisher on NBC’s reality show, Age of Love, that she appeared on in May to June of 2007 and was “quite taken with her.”

The letter describes that Hurd “hand-picked” Fisher to host HP events, “but more accurately, to be with you and accompany you when you were out of town at numerous HP events.”

The letter goes on to describe instances in which Hurd “relentlessly” attempted to “cajole her into having sex with (him).”

After Fisher rejected Hurd one last time in October 2009, she was not hired for future HP events, Allred wrote.

Although an investigation by HP did not find evidence to support Fisher’s harassment claim, it found Hurd filed inaccurate expense reports for his outings with Fisher.

“The truth is, there never was any sexual harassment, which HP’s investigation confirmed, and there never was any sexual relationship, which Ms. Fisher has confirmed,” Hurd’s attorney, Amy Wintersheimer said in a statement.

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