Looks like former Uber president Jeff Jones quit just in time to avoid the latest scandal to hit the Silicon Valley moneymaker. Professional violinist Gabi Holzwarth, the ex-girlfriend of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, told the Information that in 2014 she accompanied Kalanick and five Uber employees to an “escort-karaoke bar” in Seoul, South Korea. Four of the men present — including executive Emil Michael — picked a woman by number to sit with. The outing resulted in a complaint to human resources a year later by one of the female employees present, according to Holzwarth. The Information reports that Holzwarth discussed the complaint with Kalanick and separately with the woman via instant message.
[I]n the last month Michael contacted Holzwarth in an attempt to stop the trip from becoming public knowledge, telling her to simply say they went to karaoke and had a good time. His statement, which is quoted in the article, reads: “Given the intense news cycle I thought it was the right thing to do to reach out and let her know that reporters may try to contact her directly. I have known her for a long time, consider her a friend and did not want her to be taken by surprise. Her recollection of this conversation was different from mine and I am very sorry if the purpose of my call was misunderstood.”
In February, a former Uber engineer wrote extensively about her experiences working for the company, describing a dysfunctional environment where sexual harassment was ignored and covered up by managers and HR.
- Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Had a Funfetti-Inspired Wedding
- The Blaze Has Permanently Banned Tomi Lahren
- Huma Abedin Is Reportedly Giving Anthony Weiner Another Shot
- Uber Execs Went to an Escort Karaoke Bar in Seoul: HR Complaint
- United Airlines Gate Agent Made Teens In Leggings Cover Up