Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond is at the center of a media storm, after a new Medium post authored by a former Google employee who was engaged in a year-long relationship with Drummond more than 10 years ago.  Although the extramarital case was originally reported last fall by the New York Times in the broader context of Google's allowed work culture, former employee Jennifer Blakely says in a new and far more detailed account of their relationship that Drummond was a serial philanderer, leaving his wife for Blakely, and then leaving Blakely and the son as he goes with her to another now former Google employee .
She adds that Drummond also had "an affair with his & # 39; personal assistant & # 39; which he moved into one of his new homes."
We reached out to Google and asked for comment from the company or Drummond, and have yet to hear back.
It's a hugely flattering portrait of ait, and it comes at a delicate time for Google, which was at the center of the #metoo movement last year, after the Times revealed that a another former executive, Andy Rubin, had been awarded a handsome exit package following a sexual abuse allegation the company allegedly believed.
In addition to accusing Drummond of neglecting her, Blakely also accuses him of being absent parents of the child whom she suggested they tried for years to have, and wrote that “[m] onths or years would pass away where he would not see [their son] or respond to my calls or texts with updates and pictures of him, or even ask how he felt, let alone how he could help it, knowing that I was alone and in desperate need. "
Elsewhere in her post, Blakely says that after a custody battle for the boy she won when he was four and a half years old," David began giving plenty of child support. "
According to several sources familiar with his uation, it is more nuanced than Blakely describes and was not a particularly happy association, although these same people acknowledge that much of her account is true. Drummond, who was Google's general counsel in 2001
Blakely writes that she had "zero experience in sales" and that It was a difficult transition to make: "I did my best to keep up, but I floated and was depressed by work. "
She left the company about a year later, in 2008. She says she and Drummond and their son lived together within that time, and added that seven months later he broke up with her via text, saying he was" Will never return "to their shared home.
"And he didn't," she writes.
Drummond's star has continued to rise at Google, where he has now spent 17 years and currently serves as senior vice president of enterprise development, as well as chief executive of Google's parent company, Alphabet.
Google has made a number of changes in the face of criticism that male leaders in the company have had no impact lately on sexual behavior at work – criticism of boiling in fury last year, which led to an organized walk-out of tens of thousands of Google employees in November last year.
Among them: Google no longer forces employees to settle disputes with the company in private arbitration, including in cases of sexual harassment or assault; employees can now file complaints related to harassment and other abuse through their own website; and they can take colleagues to support them for investigative meetings.
However, Google has never commented on Blakely's claims, and it will be curious to see if this latest ointment forces its hand.
The affair, and others in the company, do not appear to have forced dramatic changes to the official contact code, at least.
According to a section titled: “Friends and next of kin; Employee relationships, warns employees that "romantic relationships between employees, depending on the work roles and the respective positions of the employees involved, can create an actual or apparent conflict of interest. If a romantic relationship creates an actual or apparent conflict, it may require changes in work arrangements. or even the termination of employment of one or both persons involved. See the Google Employee Guide for further guidance on this issue. "