The latest twist in Mark Hurd's tabloid-filled departure from Hewlett-Packard is the suppression of Jodie Fisher's sexual harassment complaint. The lawyers representing HP shareholders want to make the eight-page letter public, but Hurd's Lawyers "filed a motion to keep the letter under wraps," The Wall Street Journal reports. The letter reportedly describes details of Fisher and Hurd's alleged affair. Fisher, an actress in softcore flicks including Intimate Obsession and Body of Influence 2, worked closely with Hurd as an events hostess. Her complaint precipitated his departure from H-P and subsequent employment at Oracle, all of which spawned a slew of legal battles. Why does the letter matter? Here's what's buzzing in the business blogosphere:
- Why the Letter Matters Ben Worthen at The Wall Street Journal explains:
- But We Already Know What There Is to Know "[The] story has been covered in-depth for some time I’ll just net it out here," writes Rob Tenderloin at IT Business Edge:
Mark Hurd hired an attractive woman named Jodie Fisher to help him host executive events. She performed the role of hostess--a role that was typical of CEO wives back in the day--to keep the conversations flowing and the executives from feeling ignored. By all reports she did more than an adequate job and apparently she and Mark Hurd became close until he fired her. She alleged that she was fired because he wanted to take the wife metaphor to a more intimate conclusion. She refused to hire a very high-profile attorney to argue her case.
Her goal was to get a large settlement and part of what she alleged was that Hurd shared intimate details about corporate acquisitions that were privileged. Mark Hurd was subsequently fired from HP not because of the alleged almost-affair but because his handpicked board didn’t believe his stories about what happened and were scared to death of an SEC investigation that could cost each of them their careers if discovered.
- That Doesn't Matter: This Letter Needs to Be Made Public, writes Henry Blodget at Business Insider: