Final 12 months, Wayne Levin resigned as Basic Counsel of Lions Gate Leisure, the corporate behind The Starvation Video games and Mad Males, citing private and well being causes. However now, in an in-depth report from the Wall Street Journal, it’s been revealed these benign sounding phrases solely got here after a former worker’s allegations of sexual misconduct.
Wendy Jaffe, former Lions Gate Government Vice President of Authorized Affairs, left the corporate in 2016 and she or he alleges that Levin requested her to carry out “dehumanizing” sexual acts and that his management over her didn’t cease even after the bodily calls for did:
“It was by no means actually about intercourse, it was about controlling somebody and asserting energy and that continued even when the bodily part stopped,” she stated.
She started working for Levin out of regulation college in 2000. She alleges the inappropriate conduct started shortly thereafter:
She stated she interpreted the transfer as an try on his half to provoke an S&M-style relationship. Of their ultimate such encounter, in 2003, she stated, he got here to her condo, the place he then tried to provoke a sexual act, earlier than throwing her down and leaving whereas she was crying.
She agreed to a few of his calls for throughout that interval out of “disgrace and concern,” she stated.
Jaffe says that she didn’t report the incidents on the time as a result of she was uncomfortable reporting the acts of a prime government — and head of the authorized division besides.
It wasn’t till 2016 that Jaffe lastly left Lions Gate, and in the course of the course of a dispute over inventory choices, she lastly disclosed her allegations — together with that Levin spanked her and needed to supply her as a sexual present to buddies — to CEO Jon Feltheimer:
Throughout settlement discussions later in 2016, Ms. Jaffe advised Chief Government Jon Feltheimer instantly about her accusations for the primary time, together with that Mr. Levin spanked her, groped her, requested her to barter her employment contract whereas sitting on his lap and stated he needed to supply her to buddies as a sexual present. The CEO expressed shock on the sexual-misconduct allegations, in accordance with Ms. Jaffe. Mr. Feltheimer declined to remark.
Jaffe refused to cooperate with a proposed investigation, fearing it wouldn’t be critical or unbiased. However Jaffe has two settlement agreements (the second was entered into after she believed the non-disparagement clause of the primary was violated) and a $2.5 million fee from the corporate.
And Levin, effectively, he left the corporate. By way of his legal professionals he denied he left due to the allegations in opposition to him, and even factors to complimentary correspondence between Jaffe and Levin in a type of roundabout denial of the underlying allegations:
Mr. Levin’s legal professional stated Mr. Levin left Lions Gate for “private and medical causes,” and that he had been contemplating resigning earlier than the allegations. Individuals who labored with Mr. Levin confirmed he had well being issues.
The legal professional added that “Mr. Levin won’t reply within the press to Ms. Jaffe’s allegations.”
However he did get a pleasant severance bundle on his manner out the door.
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