NBCUniversal settles with ousted exec Ron Meyer amid sex scandal

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NBCUniversal has made a confidential settlement with former Universal Studios govt Ron Meyer, who was fired final year amid a sex scandal, in keeping with new report.

Meyer was ousted from his lofty put up as vice chairman of NBCUniversal in August 2020 after he admitted to creating hush-money funds to a lady with whom he’d had a quick “consensual affair.”

In a deal negotiated by Hollywood heavyweight lawyer Patricia Glaser, Meyer landed a settlement within the realm of $20 million, in keeping with leisure commerce publication Deadline. The publication mentioned the deal was months within the making and at last got here collectively final month.

Meyer’s legal professional Glaser mentioned: “We are unable to comment because of a confidentiality requirement.” NBCUniversal didn’t return requests for remark.

At the time of his exit, Meyer acknowledged that he made a settlement “with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me,” admitting, “This is a woman I had a very brief and consensual affair with many years ago.”

Meyer claimed he was being extorted over the affair which dated again almost 10 years. In the times to comply with, information leaked out that the lady on the middle of the scandal was British-born actress Charlotte Kirk.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Meyer paid Kirk at least $500,000 as a part of a promised $2 million settlement in 2019.

Ron Meyer left NBCUniversal in 2020 amid a sex scandal with actress Charlotte Kirk.
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Meyer mentioned he knowledgeable his bosses at NBCUniversal that he had been paying Kirk hush money and was being extorted by the actress.
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Meanwhile, Kirk additionally had a quick relationship with former Warner Bros. studio head Kevin Tsujihara, who resigned in 2019 after a slew of textual content messages that steered he would assist discover performing jobs for her grew to become public. Kirk had minor roles in “Ocean’s 8″ and “How to Be Single.” Tsujihara denied having any direct position in getting her these jobs.

Meyer mentioned he disclosed the settlement and threats to his bosses at NBCUniversal after others grew to become conscious of the key funds to Kirk. The exec was anxious that the state of affairs would change into public and wouldn’t solely sully his status, but in addition that of NBCUniversal, which had been criticized for its handling of sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein and former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.

In the wake of Meyer’s departure, Deadline reported that the the exec has landed a profitable consulting gig with Qatar. and that he has “made many trips to the country to provide guidance to its Doha Film Institute on motion picture investments.”