Charlie Walk just announced that he will not be appearing in The Four finale. The head of Republic Records was recently accused by three women of sexual harassment.
Universal Music Group, the production company behind The Four, decided to place Walk on leave from the reality TV competition. The company, as well as Fox, is still investigating the matter. Walk will still be featured in this week's episode of The Four because the comeback installment was filmed before the accusations surfaced.
"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 'MeToo' movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case..." said Walk.
Tristan Coopersmith Accuses Charlie Walk
Prior to Universal Music Group's announcement, a Fox executive said that they still do not know whether or not they will continue to feature Walk in The Four. The record producer was initially accused by Tristan Coopersmith of sexual harassment. The alleged incident happened 15 years ago.
In her open letter, Coopersmith claimed that Walk tried to make sexual advances at her. She was 27 at that time, and Walk was already married with kids. Even though Coopersmith refused, Walk still sent her messages filled with sexual remarks and vulgar words.
Coopersmith also said that Walk asked her to attend dinners with him even if she had no business being there because the producer wanted to put his hand on her thigh. She said that there were also several instances wherein Walk's wife, Lauran Walk, was in front of them when it happened.
"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," wrote Coopersmith.
2 More Women Come Forward
Days after Coopersmith's story made headlines, two more women accused Walk of sexual harassment. One of them claimed that Walk played mind games with her. She also said that Walk commented inappropriately about her appearance. The other woman echoed the previous complainant's statement and said that Walk also commented on how she looked. Both of their identities are being kept confidential.
Walk has since denied the allegations of Coopersmith, but he has not directly addressed the complaints of his two former employees.