The president of Republic Group Records, Charlie Walk, will no longer be a judge on Fox’s singing competition show, “The Four: Battle For Stardom.” Walk is set to appear for the pre-taped episode on the 1st of February, 2018, but will no longer appear in the finale.
Walk said to Us Weekly in a statement that he would leave the show because he doesn’t want his presence to be a “distraction.” Charlie said there was a “rush” to condemn and judge him without actually figuring out what had happened.
He said the allegations were “inconsistent with anything that even actually happened.” Walk said he “welcomes any investigation” so the accusations can be put to rest swiftly.
Following the harassment allegations, Republic Records opened an investigation because they stated they are “committed to a safe workplace environment” where employees are treated with respect.
Walk’s former co-worker, Tristan Coopersmith, accused the music mogul of “sexual misconduct” in a letter published on the 29th of January.
He alleges that the exec sent inappropriate text messages; groped her at business dinners, and frequently made sexual attempts toward her.
Walk, in response, said they worked together 15 years ago “without incident.” In an interview on Entertainment Tonight which was published on the 31st of January, Coppersmith revealed that she chose to speak out as a part of a “therapeutic process.”
The woman stated the allegations aren’t about Charlie or the music industry but are about a “much broader conversation” regarding the needed shift to make the workplace more fair and equal.
However, many people criticized the statement stating that if the allegations aren’t about the actions allegedly committed by Charlie, then perhaps her claims are politically motivated.