Charlie Walk Placed on Leave as Republic Records Investigates Sexual Misconduct Allegations
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Charlie Walk has been placed on leave by Republic Records.
In a statement to ET on Wednesday, the record company explained that Walk -- who is president of Republic Records Group and currently a judge on Fox's singing competition show, The Four -- will remain on leave while they investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him.
"Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully," the statement reads. "We have retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of this matter and have encouraged anyone who has relevant information to speak to the firm’s investigators. Mr. Walk has been placed on leave, and will remain in leave for the duration of the investigation.”
Walk was accused by Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith of sexual harassment while she worked for him in the past. Since Coopersmith's allegation on Monday, two other women have come forward with their own claims that Walk sexually harassed them.
"It is very upsetting to learn of this untrue allegation made by someone who worked with me 15 years ago, without incident," Walk said in a statement to ET of Coopersmith's allegation. "There has never been a single HR claim against me at any time during my 25+ year career, spanning three major companies. I have consistently been a supporter of the women's movement and this is the first time I have ever heard of this or any other allegation -- and it is false."
In a statement to ET on Monday, Fox, which airs The Four, said, "We have only recently learned of these past allegations regarding Mr. Walk. We are currently reviewing this matter and are committed to fostering a safe environment on all of our shows."