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Woman in HP Sexual Harrassment Case Speaks

Last week, surprising news came out from HP that then-CEO Mark Hurd had resigned over a sexual harassment investigation and improper conduct at the major company.

At the time, HP said declined to name the woman and said that she chose not to come forth. That's now no longer true as the marketing contractor has released a statement on her own.

She is Jodie Fisher, whom Boing Boing identified as a softcore porn actress, television actress, real estate vice president, and single mom.

Image credit: IMDB“I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this. That was never my intention.”“Mark and I never had an affair or intimate sexual relationship. I first met Mark in 2007 when I interviewed for a contractor job at the company.”“At HP, I was under contract to work at high-level customer and executive summit events held around the country and abroad. I prepared for those events, worked very hard and enjoyed working for HP.”“I have resolved my claim with Mark privately, without litigation, and I do not intend to comment on it further.”“I wish Mark, his family and HP the best.”

It's believed the Hurd has settled with Fisher out of his own pocket, independent from HP.

  • bearracuda
    I don't care what position I'm in, if a lass like that walked in the door I'd be tempted try something worth a sexual harassment lawsuit too.

    Which is probably why I'm not the CEO of HP. Or any other company for that matter.
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  • jeraldjunkmail
    Why are Americans so prudish? Hurd got fired for knocking boots with her, and part of the settlement was that she probably made a public statement that said they never had sex. Since it doesn't matter, and it didn't work out for Hurd, wouldn't the truth be best to save face here? I'd give him a highfive for that hot lil number!
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  • ceteras
    If she wishes "Mark, his family and HP the best” , then why did she actually accuse him of sexual harassment in the first place?
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  • Aussie_Bear
    jeraldjunkmailWhy are Americans so prudish? Hurd got fired for knocking boots with her, and part of the settlement was that she probably made a public statement that said they never had sex. Since it doesn't matter, and it didn't work out for Hurd, wouldn't the truth be best to save face here? I'd give him a highfive for that hot lil number!
    That's why you'll never be a CEO or President of any company in your lifetime.

    If you actually took a look at the history of HP; you'd realise the company was founded by 2 guys using good business practices of integrity. It's commonly referred to as "The HP way". (It set the standard for other computing companies like Apple to follow.)

    The last CEO, Carly Fiorina, messed it all up. She tried to make HP into something its not. (She's more marketing oriented. Not in engineering thinking). HP's share-price fell by half under her leadership. 7000 HP folks received the pink slip...And the biggest tech screw-up of them all; she pushed through HP buying Compaq. (Which isn't worth anything now.) ... You could pretty much say HP was living off selling ink/toner cartridges during the later half of Fiorina's leadership.

    Mark Hurd replaced her as the CEO. While he didn't restore all of HP's principles, he at least understood it. Hurd is the guy that brought HP back from its potential disaster. Its too bad he screwed up.

    IF you ever become a leader of any organisation; you come to realise its more than bossing people around and trying to hook-up with anyone wearing a skirt. You are a role model that people look up to. What you do and how you act is reflected on the company you represent. You are in the position of responsibility; as people who work for you have their own families. (Not to mention you have responsibility to the Board of Directors and shareholders).

    All those under you look for guidance and leadership. You are expected to do your job with integrity. (Staying faithful to your spouse, despite the temptations is a clear sign of a person of character. Very few people in today's world have this trait.)

    The moment you falter (by thinking with your genitals), is the moment you will be forced to step down...Thinking with your nuts can cost you a position of power. Just ask a former US President named Bill Clinton.
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  • steelbox
    Irony huh? An porn actress and sexual harassment?
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  • kartu
    So exactly what did the former CEO do?
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  • Fetal
    steelboxIrony huh? An porn actress and sexual harassment?
    Softcore :p
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  • Vestin
    Aussie_BearThe moment you falter (by thinking with your genitals), is the moment you will be forced to step down...Thinking with your nuts can cost you a position of power. Just ask a former US President named Bill Clinton.And that makes no sense at all. Otherwise - eunuchs would rule the corporate world.
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  • TomsSound
    Aussie_BearThe last CEO, Carly Fiorina, ...And the biggest tech screw-up of them all; she pushed through HP buying Compaq. (Which isn't worth anything now.)

    That may have been a big screw up.. but we have enjoyed using the "HP Proliant" servers. They are head over heels better than the HP Netservers they replaced.
    They just work.
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  • mitch074
    Reading the original article, and the addendum, it seems there was sexual harassment investigations under way because Hurd is a man, Fisher is a woman (and obviously, an entertainer) and there COULD be questions about improper behaviour since there was professional misconduct.

    According to Hurd, Fisher and the investigators, there was no sexual matter worth mentioning to be found - but, there were indeed business misconduct, in Fisher being employed not by HP but by Hurd, and Hurd falsifying HP accounts to compensate.

    Or, in short: there was an accounting malpractice, and it got blown into epic proportions because people can't stop their minds from slipping into the gutter.
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