Oh, for the love of Ray J. When will people learn that little good follows you (and those you encounter) around once you've appeared on any form of reality dating show?
Hewlett Packard CEO Mark Hurd was forced to resign Friday following sexual harassment allegations from Age of Love
contestant Jodie Fisher, 50, who competed on the 2007 show for the love of Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis against a bevy of "kittens" (gals under 30) and "cougars" (women over 40).
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According to the New York Daily News
, the job-losing straw came when Fisher's allegations led to the discovery of falsified expense reports for
dinners Hurd had with Fisher, who said she met Hurd through contract jobs she had with HP's marketing department from 2007 to 2009.
"I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this," Fisher, who is naturally being represented by attorney Gloria Allred, said in a statement. "That was never my intention."
Fisher would not expound upon details of the harassment, only stating that she and Hurd never had a sexual relationship. Hurd settled with Fisher on Thursday, the day before his forced resignation.
So what exactly did Hurd do? According to a statement from HP, "The investigation determined there was no violation of HP's sexual harassment policy, but did find violations of HP's Standards of Business Conduct."
So essentially, yes, I think if you falsify expense reports, that's grounds for losing your job. But is the basis of Fisher's claim enough to drag Hurd's name through the sexual harassment mud?
While I would never want to question a woman's (or man's, for that matter) legitimate claims of sexual harassment--goodness knows it's got to be a stressful and humiliating process--I've got to ask: Is a 50-year-old actress, whose only credits include a few rated-R movies and a reality show, really doing this to see justice served or to see her name in the headlines for a brief moment in time? And choosing Gloria Allred as your attorney only aims to increase doubts in people's minds about the legitimacy of your claims, as Allred is known as quite the publicity machine for women in similar predicaments (next up, she's said to be representing Mel Gibson's alleged mistress)?
And if Fisher's claims are legit, why not go through with the court case?What do you think: Should we be taking Jodie Fisher seriously? Is she getting a raw deal in the press just because of her reality show cred? Or is it all an excuse for publicity and Hurd is the one getting the raw deal? OR do we not have enough information here to judge?(Image courtesy of WENN)