By Todd Spangler
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Vice Media has suspended two senior executives — president Andrew Creighton and chief digital officer Mike Germano — following a New York Times report last month detailing sexual harassment allegations against them.
The company’s decision to put the two execs on leave was announced in a memo to staff Tuesday, as first reported by Times reporter Emily Steel, who wrote the exposé about Vice published Dec. 23. A Vice rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the NYT, Creighton had paid $135,000 to a former Vice employee after she alleged she was fired after rejecting his suggestion they have a romantic relationship. More than 20 female employees at Vice were subject to or witnessed other employees experiencing sexual harassment, according to the report.