Mark Zuckerberg’s individual security chief has actually been implicated of unwanted sexual advances and making racist declarations about Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American partner, Business Insider reported Thursday.
One of the accusers is a previous staff member of Zuckerberg’s home personnel, while the other is a previous executive assistant to the security chief, Liam Booth, BI reported. Lawyers representing the set have actually corresponded relating to the claims to the law office representing the business that offer security and assistance for the Zuckerberg household, BI reported.
The letters implicate Booth, a previous Secret Service representative, with “pervasive discriminatory conduct,” “horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery” and promoting an environment in which personnel were consistently subjected to racist, homophobic and transphobic diatribes, BI reported.The report didn’t recognize the accusers since they’re declared victims of unwanted sexual advances.
One of the letters, sent out by the law office The Bloom Firm, declares Booth made racist remarks about Chan’s driving capability in front of the home staffer, stating, “She’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision,” while utilizing his fingers to pull the skin near his eyes to the side, BI reported.
Booth likewise made racist remarks to the security staffer, according to the letter, stating that he “didn’t trust black people” and “white lives matter more than black lives,” BI reported.
A spokesman for Zuckerberg’s family office said an investigation is underway and that Booth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
“The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters. The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel,” the spokesman said. “As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family office engaged Munger, Tolles & Olson, an outside law firm, to conduct an investigation of all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims have merit.”
Also named in the letter is Brian Mosteller, the managing director of Zuckerberg’s private office, who’s accused of failing to take action after being informed of the former staffers’ allegations, BI reported. There’s no allegation in the letters that Zuckerberg was aware of the alleged harassment.
A representative for The Bloom Firm confirmed it’s representing the former employees but didn’t immediately have a comment to offer.
Neither Booth nor Mosteller could immediately be reached for comment.
The Zuckerberg family has properties in Palo Alto and, California; San Francisco and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Facebook for Zuckerberg and his family last year, the social media giant revealed last month in an SEC filing.