Charlie Walk, a judge on ‘The Four,’ has been accused of sexual harassment. Read the startling allegations made in an open letter here!
UPDATE: On Jan. 31, it was reported that Charlie Walk will not appear in the finale of The Four. His attorney Patricia Glaser released a statement confirming the news: “Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of ‘The Four.’ I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, I believe there has been a rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and extreme accusations can be put to bed. I look forward to being a judge on Season 2 of The Four.”
The Four judge Charlie Walk is the latest entertainment mogul to be accused of sexual harassment. In an open letter written by Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith, she outlines how Charlie — her former boss and Republic Records Group president — allegedly sexually harassed her both inside and outside of work. While she admits she was excited to start working for him, especially considering the fact she’d be in charge of her own department, she soon allegedly experienced “relentless” harassment. In her bombshell open letter, Tristan accuses Charlie of allegedly making lewd comments about her body, sharing sexual fantasies he had about her and instant messaging her sexual remarks in the workplace. In addition, she claims that during dinners, he’d allegedly inch his hand up her thigh, while whispering “disgusting things” into her ear — sometimes while his wife was across from them.
She also claims that at one point he allegedly made a pass at her in his own home. She writes, “And then there was that event at your swank pad when you actually cornered me and pushed me into your bedroom and onto your bed. The bed you shared with your wife… your wife who was in the room next door. You being drunk and me being 6 inches taller was my saving grace.”
Tristan also reveals that while her silence “paid off,” her experiences ultimately made her leave the entertainment industry. She writes, “I was able to flourish in the industry, but the more that I did, the more that I saw there were so many Charlie Walks. I walked away from the world of entertainment 8 years ago and never looked back. Now I’m running a women’s sanctuary devoted to self-love, growth and empowerment.” In response to these accusations, Fox Broadcasting released the following statement: “We have only recently learned of these past allegations regarding Mr. Walk. We are currently reviewing this matter and are committed to fostering a safe environment on all of our shows.”
Late on Jan. 29, Walk released a statement saying the accusations against him are “false” From our sister site Deadline, the record exec said ““It is very upsetting to learn of this untrue allegation made by someone who worked with me 15 years ago, without incident. There has never been a single HR claim against me at any time during my 25+ year career, spanning three major companies,” Walk added Monday night. “I have consistently been a supporter of the women’s movement and this is the first time I have ever heard of this or any other allegation — and it is false.”
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