Jenny Slate’s nude photos ‘should be illegal’: Slate
Slate’s founder and chief executive, J.K. Simmons, has apologized to a woman who accused him of sexual harassment, after she accused him in a blog post that he “should be ashamed of himself” for “grabbing her breasts and touching her inappropriately.”
In the post, posted Sunday on her personal blog, titled “Jenny Slate and the Perils of Masturbation,” Slate’s former business partner, who was an intern at Slate at the time, described an encounter that happened after Simmons, who she says was “very drunk,” invited her to his apartment in New York City, where they had dinner together.
In the blog post, Slate wrote that he had invited her over to his house “for a late night hangover” after her “dinner.”
He then asked her to lay down on the couch, she wrote, and he then “groped her breasts with his left hand and fondled her buttocks and breasts.”
The post also alleged that Simmons “had taken her bra off and his penis in her vagina” while she was on the sofa.
In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News on Monday, Slate apologized to the woman for what he described as “inappropriate” behavior, saying that “sexual advances” were “not condoned or condoned by my employees.”
In a separate statement to BuzzFeed, Simmons denied that he ever sexually harassed her.
“I have never been a sexual predator, and my behavior has not been condoned,” he wrote.
“I apologize to the accuser for what she described as inappropriate behavior and I have taken responsibility for it.
I am grateful that my actions have not come to the attention of anyone else, but I do believe that any behavior is wrong in any situation, and I want everyone to know that.
I also want to assure the accuser that I have always been a respectful, loving and compassionate man, and will continue to be for the rest of my life.”
Simmons was not the only company CEO to come under fire for sexual harassment.
Google’s founder, Sundar Pichai, was also under fire after the New York Times published an extensive report detailing his alleged harassment of an employee, Lauren Weinstein, in 2016.
The report also detailed a “pattern of inappropriate conduct,” including “sexual propositions” and touching of an “inappropriately dressed” woman in his office.
Simmans has been a prominent voice for tech in recent years.
He helped launch the social network Reddit and co-founded the company that owns YouTube.
In 2018, he was named the first woman in Silicon Valley to lead a company, and in 2020, he became the first CEO to win a major technology award.
In 2020, Slate became the subject of a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleged she had been sexually harassed by Simmons.
In the lawsuit, the woman alleged that she had made a complaint against Simmons, but that the company did not respond to the complaint, instead “conducting its investigation in an effort to intimidate the woman and silence her.”
A spokesperson for Simmons declined to comment.
In April 2018, Simmons was forced to apologize for the sexual harassment allegations, and promised to pay $5.4 million to two women who had filed lawsuits against him.
The New York Post reported Monday that the woman had received an apology and $5 million settlement from Simmons.
In an interview with the Washington Post on Monday afternoon, Simmons said that the settlement would not affect his decision to run for president in 2020.
“The fact that we have been able to make this deal is because we did the right thing,” Simmons said.
“There was a lot of hard work and a lot more than I can remember.”
Simms told the Washington Examiner last month that he would seek the Democratic nomination for president, and had not ruled out seeking the nomination as a Republican.
He said he would focus on the economy and the economy, but also called for a “peaceful transition of power.”
“I think I have the capacity to do a lot to help this country,” Simmons told the Examiner.
“We have to go back to where we were when the Great Depression hit, where people were really struggling and struggling for their lives.”