L.A. Reid has been accused of sexual harassment by a female assistant at Epic Records.
“L.A.” Reid or Antonio Marquis Reid, as many know him by was just reported a few days ago of leaving his post as chairman of Epic Records. The veteran executive joined the Sony Music label in July 2011. During his six-year run, Reid signed such hit acts as Meghan Trainor, Future, Travis Scott, Fifth Harmony, and DJ Khaled, the latter of whom currently has the No. 1 song in the U.S. with “I’m the One.” He also brought Mariah Carey back into the Sony fold, after having signed the singer at his previous position as chief executive of Island Def Jam.
It is unclear what Reid’s next move will be, though he is an executive producer on the scripted drama “Cotton Club.” Reps for the label and for Sony Music would not comment.
For those who don’t know, Reid has been a large figure in the music industry. Reid got his start as a drummer, playing with R&B band The Deele, formed in his native Cincinnati, during the early ’80s. He later headed to Atlanta, where, in 1989, Reid and Deele bandmate Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds formed LaFace Records, a joint venture with Arista Records, and launched the careers of Usher, TLC, and Pink. In 2000, Arista absorbed LaFace and Reid became its new CEO.
He has seen some criticism along the way in the music industry, for being a big spender and now he faces yet another issue behind his reputable name.
Reports state that the reason for his abrupt departure from the label has come to light.
According to the New York Post, Reid has been accused of sexual harassment by a female assistant at Epic Records. In a letter submitted to Sony Music, the accuser, represented by an attorney, details instances during which inappropriate behavior was allegedly exhibited by the industry veteran.One of Reid’s co-workers complained about several instances of alleged sex harassment.
Reid allegedly made inappropriate physical advances toward an assistant at last December’s company holiday party, among other instances, according to a March 22 letter, a lawyer for the woman sent to Julie Swidler, Sony Music’s General Counsel, said a source who provided details from the letter.
The female assistant, whose name The Post is withholding, also claims Reid, who has led Epic for nearly six years, also asked her to lie down in bed with him and give him a hug while the two were at a hotel while traveling on business, the letter alleges. Reid, who is married, is stated to have also made comments about what clothes he liked her to wear, and described her as looking “fine,” the letter claims.
Variety confirmed that such a letter exists, but has further learned that there have been “multiple” claims made against Reid. Sony executives have spent much of the last week negotiating terms of his exit, say insiders. Reid is represented by attorney Joel Katz, who heads the Greenberg Traurig firm’s Global Entertainment & Media arm. On Saturday, Sony Music released a terse statement announcing his exit. “L.A. Reid will be leaving the company,” it read.
Sexual harassment accusations are a very serious and delicate matter of concern. We hope to hear some more detail from the parties being represented.
“L.A” Reid nor anyone from Sony has not yet commented on the matter.
Written By: Tanisha D. Davis