Charlie Walk is out as president of Republic Records after an investigation into sexual misconduct with staff dating back more than a decade.
The executive and his employer, a division of Universal Music Group, have “mutually agreed to part ways,” according to a brief statement issued by Republic overnight.
Walk had enjoyed a high-profile stint as a judge in the first season of Fox’s U.S. TV talent quest ‘The Four,’ but he was conspicuously absent from the finale in February as news swirled of his alleged harassment (Walk said at the time he didn’t want to his presence to be a “distraction”). The exec had been on leave with Republic since January, when the company hired an independent law firm to investigate and ask employees to step forward if they had been mistreated.
The accusation that launched the investigation into Charlie Walk
Republic’s probe was launched when Tristan Coopersmith published an open letter to Walk on her blog in which she stated he made regular inappropriate comments when she worked for him at Sony Music’s Columbia Records. And on more than one occasion, he crossed the line with physical actions, she wrote.
Four more women came forward with similar stories published by Rolling Stone, which detailed incidents during his stints at Columbia, Epic and Republic.