VICE Reportedly Suspends Two Top Executives Following Sexual Misconduct Bombshell

In the wake of a bombshell report uncovering sexual misconduct allegations at Vice, the media organization has suspended President Andrew Creighton and Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano for an undisclosed amount of time as officials investigate accusations and decide further action. The claims were initially reported by the New York Times in a lengthy expose in which they interviewed 100 former and current employees who accused the company of fostering a misogynistic environment where a “boys club” culture of sexual harassment was the norm. Reporter Emily Steele outlined numerous stories of “humiliating and emotionally traumatic” experiences that have occurred at the media outlet. As for Creighton, he was accused by one former employee of firing her because she declined to engage in a sexual relationship with him. After this alleged incident, the unnamed former Vice staffer was reportedly paid $135,000 by Creighton in a settlement between the two. However, third-party firm has deemed the allegations against Creighton to be insufficient, but Vice still plans on investigating the claims further. Additionally, Germano had two women accuse him of making unwanted sexual advances. Vice higher-ups have since lamented the company’s failure to provide a safe and appropriate workplace environment. “We have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive,’’ stated Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi — the two men who co-founded the website, along with far-right provocateur Gavin McInnes, in the ’90s. According to Bloomberg, the media outlet plans on countering these problems by hiring more women, ensuring that salaries are fairly distributed, and instituting in-depth training on workplace sexual misconduct. Former Vice Chief Information Officer Jesse Knight also appears to be leaving the company, as his company email reportedly has an  auto-reply that reads, “After an amazing 16 years at VICE, I have decided to move into the non-profit world.” Though, spokespeople for the company have said his departure is unrelated to misconduct scandal. [image via screengrab] Follow the author on Twitter (@calebecarma).

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