HP’s Sexual Harassment Accuser: Jodie Fisher, Skin-Flick Actress
August 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The mystery woman at the center of Hewlett-Packard’s sexual harassment scandal, has been identified, as Jodie Fisher, 50, a former soft-porn actress who appeared in an episode of USA’s “Silk Stalkings” sexy crime series and in the films “Sheer Passion” and “Body of Influence 2,” among others. And she is very “saddened” that the now-former CEO Mark Hurd lost his job over the scandal. Fisher, described by her attorney Gloria Allred, as having worked as a salesperson for a Fortune 500 company and as a VP for a Dallas real estate firm, also recently appeared on a NBC reality show, “Age of Love,” in which woman from different age groups competed for the affections of a 30-year-old tennis pro. She was the first to be eliminated. According to a report in Mercury News, Fisher’s sexual harassment claim alleged that she felt “pressured” to have sex with the now ousted CEO Hurd.
The statement released by Gloria Allred, stressed that no sexual relationship occurred between Fisher and Hurd, and that her claims have been settled privately. Fisher described her marketing job with HP, as providing “high-level customer and executive summits.”
“I prepared for those events, worked very hard and enjoyed working for HP,” she said. “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.”
According to the report by Mercury News, Fisher’s friendship with Hurd led to pressure to have sex, although HP’s internal investigation found that Hurd didn’t violate the company’s sexual-harassment policy. However, Hurd’s undoing came down to fudged expense reports that company officials believe were falsified to hide his relationship with Fisher.
“In her complaint to HP, Fisher said she felt pressured to have sex, according to a source, who said Hurd has denied pressuring Fisher. A person who has spoken with Hurd’s advisers said he paid Fisher an unspecified amount of money to resolve her complaint.”
“Hurd resigned after discussions with board members, at least some of whom became convinced that he should step down when a consultant advised them that the scandal would otherwise cause harm to the company, according to a source familiar with the events. Hurd, who is married with two children, lives in Atherton.”
Hurd, credited with turning HP around during his five-year tenure, resigned on Friday, after privately settling the sexual harassment claims made by Fisher that reportedly included a payoff. Hurd left with an estimated $28 million severance package.
Watch Fisher’s “Age of Love” Demo: