Jodie Fisher revealed yesterday that she is the woman responsible for the ouster of Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd. The Age of Love reality star and business woman is “surprised and saddened” that the man she claims harassed her has been fired.
The two got to know each other when she was hired as a contract worker by HP’s marketing department from 2007-2009. She was paid $5,000 per event to serve as organizer and hostess to high profile executive visitors. This led to private dinners between the two, and somewhere along the line, the relationship took a bad turn.
Fisher secured the services of legal eagle Gloria Allred, who assisted her in filing a sexual harassment claim against the executive leader at HP. Hurd, 53, resolved the claim privately with Fisher on Thursday. The actual allegations have not been made public.
On August 6, 2010, he resigned from all of his positions at HP, following the discovery of inappropriate conduct in an internal investigation.
The company investigation found that Hurd had not violated its sexual harassment policy, but that he had violated its standards of conduct policy. He failed to tell the board about a personal relationship with a female marketing contractor who was hired by his office. Additionally, he filed inaccurate expense account reports in order to keep the relationship secret.
Hurd, who is known for his no-nonsense executive style, acknowledged: “There were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP.”
Fisher said: “I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this. That was never my intention. Mark and I never had an affair or intimate sexual relationship.”
Mark Hurd is married to Paula Kalupa. Fisher, a graduate of Texas Tech University is a single mother with one child. Her film credits include “Intimate Obsession” and “Body of Influence 2”.
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