Mark Zuckerberg's Personal Security Manager leaves the Facebook CEO's family office after being charged with sexual abuse and racism – even though a family office spokesman has said it has found no evidence to substantiate the allegations.
As Business Insider first reported in May, Liam Booth – the security manager of the 34-year-old billionaire family office dealing with household affairs, as well as the philanthropic organization The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – has been accused of two former employees of serious neglect.
In a pronounced statement on Monday, Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the family office, said that internal investigations from the office's HR department and law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson could not substantiate the allegations, but Booth has decided to leave anyway ̵
Here is the complete statement from LaBolt:
"During several weeks, both the family office's HR department and Munger, Tolles & Olson have conducted separate investigations of the claims of The Bloom Firm against Liam Booth, Surveys included many interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues, as well as a review of other relevant documents and information, following these thorough investigations, the serious allegations made by Mr. Booth of Bloom Firm could not be substantiated.
"MR. Booth knows that minimizing distractions is crucial to accomplishing security tasks in this role, so he has decided to move on from the family office to pursue other opportunities. The family office is grateful for their service and wants Mr. Booth the best in his future endeavors. "
The allegations that former employees were made through their lawyers at The Bloom Firm in legal documents reviewed by Business Insider, including allegations of" pervasive discriminatory behavior "," terrible levels of sexual harassment and battery ", and to create an environment in which support staff were repeatedly subjected to homophobic and transphobic diatribes – as well as claims that Booth made racist remarks about Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg's wife.
There is no claim that Zuckerberg himself was aware of the alleged neglect. 19659002] The two prosecutors have demanded compensation for lost wages and injuries for emotional distress and LaBolt refused to comment on the current status of the trial.
In response, Bloom Firm continued to call for an independent investigation of the claims. "We continue to urge the family to keep a truly neutral, independent investigator who has experience with harassment discrimination and discrimination, claiming to make actual facts and recommendations on these urgent and important claims, says Lisa Bloom, head of the company, in an email message.
"As far as we know, no independent investigation has taken place. Instead, a large defense company defends against the client's claims." Lawyers are ethically bound to defend their customers. "
One of the prosecutors is a former employee of the 34-year-old billionaire household staff who was responsible for preparing Zuckerberg's various homes for the family's arrival; the other is a former executive assistant to Liam Booth, Zuckerberg's security head. Both retained the California law firm Lawyer Lisa Bloom, whose legal efforts on behalf of Bill O & # 39; Reilly Defendant in 2017 helped get the TV host fired from Fox News.
Booth has previously worked for the US Secret Service between 2001 and 2017, including one Five-year stint working to "monitor the physical protection of the president and the first family in the United States" in the Obama years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was on leave after the allegations were made.
READ MORE: The lawyer representing 2 employees claiming non-action by Mark Zuckerberg's security head, requires an independent investigation  The legal demand letters also accused Brian Mosteller, CEO of Zuckerberg's private office and a former special assistant to former President Barack Obama, of not acting after the two employees raised complaints. Mostor remains in its position, LaBolt said.
One of the demand letters claims that Booth made racist remarks to the housekeeping staff about Chan's driving forces, including that "she is a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision" as he pulls the eyelids aside in a racist caricature.
The second letter claims Booth made a number of racist remarks to security staff. On several occasions, the letter suggests, Booth told the employee that he "does not trust in black people" and "white lives mean more than black lives." The letter also claims that Booth bragged about deliberately attempting to undermine Han's diversity goals in hiring and "complaining [ed] about the number of black people who worked in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative." When the security staff protested against this remark, the letter Booth claims "angry lawyer [ed] against workplace diversity and the Black Lives Matters movement, which he called" reverse racism. ""
Business Insider previously reported that a source who has worked around Booth and wanted to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak publicly, said that they had also heard Booth say that "Asians cannot drive" and disparage Chan because of her ethnicity.
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