Charlie Walk, the president Republic Music Group, has been accused sexual harassment by another four women. Five women have come forward to detail their experiences with Walk, talking to Rolling Stone about his inappropriate behaviour and unsolicited sexual advances.
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Tristan Coopersmith had initially spoken out against Walk as early as last month, when she posted an open letter detailing his sexually devious behaviour, which included sexual comments, explicit messages, exposing his penis, as well as touching his colleagues inappropriately during work meetings and in private. The women were all in their early 20s and fairly new to the music industry when the harassment began to occur.
Pam Kaye, a former regional manager for Columbia records, recounts how Walk had put his hand down the front her pants while they were riding together with other co-workers following a meeting. After this specific incident, Kaye reveals how she endured seven years Walk’s sexual harassment and unpressional behaviour. She notes that during this time, Walk had stuck his tongue in her ear, exposed his genitalia, while also throwing her on a couch in his fice in an attempt to lay on top and kiss her. Kaye and the other women in the article shamefully admit that this behaviour was an open secret in the music industry.
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Walk has denied these allegations in a Rolling Stone confessional, noting “I did not do these things and this is not who I am. Throughout my career I have always sought to conduct myself pressionally and appropriately. It is upsetting to be presented with false claims from long ago that I know to be untrue and were never reported. I support the national discussion taking place right now because I believe fully in the importance in treating everyone with respect and dignity at all times.”