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Charlie Walk hires Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer

By | Published on Friday 2 February 2018

Charlie Walk

I’m not sure the best thing to do when accused of sexual harassment is to immediately ensure your name is associated with that of Harvey Weinstein. Still, according to Variety, Universal Music exec Charlie Walk has hired the disgraced film mogul’s lawyer – Patricia Glaser of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro – to represent him, following the various allegations of sexual harassment made against him by former employees.

No legal action has been taken against Walk by his accusers, so this indicates he is planning to make moves himself. This may be a defamation claim against the first woman to accuse him of sexual harassment, Tristan Coopersmith. He may also be looking for Glaser’s help in Universal’s investigation into other claims against him.

Earlier this week, Coopersmith published a blog post detailing a series of incidents she says took place while they were both working at Sony’s Columbia label. He denied the accusations as “untrue”. Since then, a number of other anonymous women have come forward with similar claims.

As a result, Walk has now been placed on leave by Universal – where he is President of the Republic Records Group – pending an independent investigation into the claims against him. Although he continues to deny any wrongdoing, he has also said that he will not appear on the finale of the TV singing contest on which he is a judge, ‘The Four: Battle For Stardom’.