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Charlie Walk leaves Universal

By | Published on Thursday 29 March 2018

Charlie Walk

Charlie Walk has stepped down as President of Universal’s Republic label in the US after he and the company “mutually agreed to part ways”. This follows various allegations of sexual harassment against the long-term record industry exec.

Initial accusations were made against Walk by a former colleague, Tristan Coopersmith, earlier this year. In a blog post on her website she detailed various incidents with Walk during their time working together at Sony’s Columbia label in around 2004. This prompted several other women to come forward with claims against him.

Walk was placed on leave by Universal pending an independent investigation. He also sat out of the finale episode of ‘The Four’, the TV talent show on which he was a judge. He has denied all the allegations made against him, calling them “upsetting” and “untrue”.

Universal confirmed Walk’s departure in a short statement, saying: “Republic Records and Charlie Walk have mutually agreed to part ways”.

Speaking to Variety about Walk’s departure from Republic, Coopersmith said: “I applaud all the women who shared their truth and I am gratified that Universal created a safe process for them to do so. This behaviour in the workplace will only stop when we band together, unafraid”.