Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond on Thursday openly acknowledged an affair with a previous colleague however stated he will not take part in a public back-and-forth, after a scathing account of their adulterous relationship was released a day previously.
“It’s not a secret that Jennifer and I had a difficult breakup 10 years ago,” Drummond stated in a declaration gotten by BuzzFeed. He was describing Jennifer Blakely, a previous worker in Google’s legal department, who published her account on Medium. “I am far from perfect and I regret my part in that.”
Blakely, who worked as an agreements supervisor, states the 2 began dating in 2004 and have a boy together. She stated Drummond at first declined to go over kid assistance, and she called his treatment “nothing short of abuse.”
Google decreased to comment, however indicated Drummond’s individual declaration released by BuzzFeed. Blakely didn’t instantly react to an ask for remark.
In his action, Drummond does not particularly resolve a lot of Blakely’s particular accusations, such as her declaration about kid assistance. Instead, he states “there are two sides to all the conversations and details Jennifer recounts, and I take a very different view about what happened.”
Blakely likewise declared that Drummond started an affair with an individual assistant, whom she stated he moved into among his houses, and had an affair with another Googler.
In his declaration, Drummond states he “never started a relationship” with anybody else at Google or Alphabet, its moms and dad business.
The scandal comes as Google deals with chaos and criticism over its internal culture. Blakely initially made her accusations about Drummond’s habits in a bombshell New York Times short article in November. The report concentrated on the business’s handling of sexual misbehavior accusations versus crucial executives, consisting of Android developer Andy Rubin and previous Google X director Richard DeVaul. The story stimulated an enormous walkout demonstration from 20,000 Google staff members in workplaces around the globe.