It's been more than a year since Mark Hurd was fired as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, but the sexual harassment complaint from former soft-core film star Jodie Fischer that led to his demise has finally seen the light of day thanks to All Things D. This letter was written by attorney Gloria Allred and dated June 24, 2010, and is considered to be one of the main causes of Hurd's resignation from HP, even though Fischer denied a lot of the details in the letter in a separate letter written on August 5, 2010.
The letter has finally appeared after Hurd lost a supreme court decision to keep its contents under wraps, and the folks at All Things D were the first to release the full text. The letter details a one-sided two year relationship from 2007 to 2009 between Hurd and Fischer that mostly involved him desperately trying to impress her and eventually forcing himself on her. Fischer worked for Hurd as an events hostess, someone to keep the CEOs and VIPs entertained at official HP events.
Hurd started pursuing Fischer in October 2007, according to the letter, when he invited her up to his hotel room after they had dinner together after working an HP party. They were walking back to the hotel from the restaurant when he popped the question. Fischer, nervous, looked for advice from someone she trusts first:
It then describes how a distraught Fisher called her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor seeking advice before going to Hurd’s room. Fisher, the letter noted, had been clean and sober 20 years by this time. The sponsor said that Fisher didn’t have to do anything that compromised her integrity.
Thus reassured, she went up to Hurd’s hotel suite, where Hurd asked her to stay the night. Fisher’s reply: “Absolutely not. I barely know you and you are my boss.” An hour later, after more alleged pressure from Hurd, Fisher said she wanted to leave and did, the letter said.
Two months later at another HP event, Hurd said he was "doing all the work" in their non-relationship, and she reminded him again they weren't dating at all. Hurd kissed her and walked away. There's another story from 2009 when Fischer was scheduled to work an event in Toronto but was cancelled on at the last minute, because a girl Hurd regularly sleeps with from New York agreed to come to the event instead. The most serious corporate accusation from the letter alleges that Hurd told Fischer about a deal for HP to acquire the digital consulting firm EDS well before it was ever finalized. Hurd allegedly confessed his love for her, "that he felt he could spend the rest of his life with her, but would have to see 'how the chemistry in bed was.'"
As All Things D points out, the letter threatens a lawsuit but makes an offer for an out-of-court settlement, which came on August 4th. In a letter written the very next day, Fischer said that, "there are many inaccuracies in the details of the June 24, 2010 letter. I do not believe that any of your behavior was detrimental to HP or in any way injured the company or its reputation."
The full letter, in all its glory, is below, all via All Things D.
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