On Monday (January 29), Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith wrote an open letter to Charlie Walk, detailing the fear and disgust she felt during her year of employment with him. From lewd comments made in his office, to a forceful proposition during a party at his house, she laid out everything the Republic Records Group president and The Four judge did to make her feel uncomfortable and unsafe in the workplace.
On Tuesday (January 30), two more women anonymously came forward with their own horror stories, publishing letters in Bob Lefsetz’s Lefsetz Letter music industry email newsletter describing inappropriate encounters and comments made by Walk when both worked for him at Republic.
Now, Republic is speaking up about the allegations. “Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully,” the company said in a statement. “We have retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of this matter and have encouraged anyone who has relevant information to speak to the firm’s investigators. Mr. Walk has been placed on leave, and will remain in leave for the duration of the investigation.”
Fox, which broadcasts The Four, is also investigating the claims. “We have only recently learned of these past allegations regarding Mr. Walk,” the company wrote in a statement on Monday. “We are currently reviewing this matter and are committed to fostering a safe environment on all of our shows.”
Walk has denied Coopersmith’s initial allegation, calling it “untrue” and “upsetting.”
“It is very upsetting to learn of this untrue allegation made by someone who worked with me 15 years ago, without incident,” he said. “There has never been a single HR claim against me at any time during my 25+ year career, spanning three major companies. I have consistently been a supporter of the women’s movement and this is the first time I have ever heard of this or any other allegation — and it is false.”