The New York Times on Sunday publicado a story on Reichelt’s alleged abuse of power with female employees
. Among the allegations are that Reichelt was in a relationship with a junior employee
, whom he promoted beyond what she thought was appropriate
, y “continued to summon her to hotel rooms
,” the Times reported
, citing a transcript of testimony the woman gave to the law firm conducting the investigation
CNN cannot independently verify the Times’ reporting and has reached out to Reichelt for comment.
Following that internal investigation earlier this year, Reichelt admitted mistakes, according to a statement reported by Reuters. “I know that I made mistakes in my behaviour towards colleagues and I cannot and will not gloss over it,” Reichelt said in March, según Reuters. “The main thing I blame myself for is that I hurt people for whom I am responsible. I am very sorry about that.”
In the statement Monday, Axel Springer said that “the compliance investigation against Julian Reichelt never included any allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault.”
“Había, sin embargo, allegations of consensual intimate relationships with female BILD employees and indications of abuse of power in that connection. A past relationship with a female BILD employee has been proven and admitted. It remains disputed whether that employee benefited in her career as a result.”
CNN does not know the identity of that employee.
The statement said that after the inquiry earlier this year, the Board determined that Reichelt “had made mistakes, [pero] these were not mistakes of an unforgivable nature.”
It decided at the time that “mistakes that would have justified an immediate parting of ways were not proven,” and had decided to give him a “second chance.”
The company says it is also taking legal action against “third parties” who leaked confidential transcripts, “business secrets and private communications.” The company’s statement did not specify who the legal actions were against.
They acted, la declaración decía, “to influence and instrumentalize the spring compliance investigation by unlawful means, evidently with the aim of removing Julian Reichelt from office as well as damaging BILD and Axel Springer.”