German media group fires BILD editor after damning press reports

(CNN业务)The German media group Axel Springer said on Monday that it has fired the editor-in-chief of the BILD newspaper, Julian Reichelt, for failing toto maintain a clear boundary between private and professional mattersand beinguntruthful to the Executive Board.

Axel Springer SE has relieved BILD Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt of his duties with immediate effect,” 该公司在一份声明中说. “As a result of press investigations, the company gained new knowledge in the last few days about Julian Reichelt’s recent conduct.
The company ​commissioned a law firm to conduct an investigation into Reichelt’s conduct earlier this year, but reinstated him after determining that he had not committed fireable offenses.
    现在, 然而, Axel Springer says thatnew evidence of current misconduct by Julian Reichelt has come to the company’s attention in the last few days.Eric F. 菲利普斯, senior vice president at Edelman, and a spokesperson for Axel Springer, declined to elaborate on this misconduct in response to a CNN inquiry.
      As the Executive Board has learned,” the Axel Springer statement read, “Julian Reichelt still fails to maintain a clear boundary between private and professional matters and has also been untruthful to the Executive Board in this regard. The Executive Board therefore considers the termination of his office to be unavoidable.
          The New York Times on ​Sunday 已发表 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, 和 “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 Timesreporting 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, 据路透社报道. “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 thatthe compliance investigation against Julian Reichelt never included any allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault.
          “曾经有, 然而, 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 Reichelthad made mistakes, [但] these were not mistakes of an unforgivable nature.
          It decided at the time thatmistakes that would have justified an immediate parting of ways were not proven,” and had decided to give him asecond chance.
            The company ​says it is also taking legal action againstthird partieswho leaked confidential transcripts, “business secrets and private communications.​The company’s statement did not specify who the legal actions were against.
            They acted, 声明说, “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.