Two Senate Democrats will donate funds they obtained from Shervin Pishevar to charitable organizations after the enterprise capitalist was accused of sexual harassment and assault by a number of girls. In keeping with Bloomberg, which first reported on the allegations in opposition to Pishevar final week, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey will give the cash to advocacy teams, together with organizations that help victims of sexual assault and home violence.
Pishevar is understood for his Democratic fundraising along with his tech investments. In keeping with OpenSecrets, Pishevar has given greater than $500,000 to candidates and committees, together with the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Although neither have publicly introduced intentions to run, each Harris and Booker are thought-about potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
Bloomberg additionally says that board members of Virgin Hyperloop One, which Pishevar co-founded in 2014, are pushing him to resign from the board, the place he at present serves as co-executive chairman.
Final week Bloomberg stated that 5 girls informed the publication they had been assaulted or harassed by Pishevar. It additionally reported that Uber’s head of world growth, Austin Geidt, had been propositioned by Pishevar a number of occasions, citing former and present colleagues (Geidt declined to remark to Bloomberg). Pishevar was an early investor in Uber and a board observer from 2011 to 2015.
Earlier this yr, Pishevar was additionally investigated by the London police earlier this yr over a rape allegation, however launched with out being charged.
Pishevar, who has claimed that he’s the sufferer of a “smear marketing campaign,” sued a GOP opposition analysis agency referred to as Definers Public Affairs earlier this month for defamation. Definers Public Affairs has denied Pishevar’s claims, calling them “utterly false” and “delusional,” however the lawsuit is already having a chilling impact. Bloomberg says a number of of Pishevar’s accusers had been keen to be recognized by identify in its article, however modified their minds after he sued Definers Public Affairs, citing the potential of authorized reprisal.
TechCrunch has contacted representatives of Harris, Booker and Pishevar for remark. A consultant for Uber stated “We totally help those that have felt harassed talking out, every time and nevertheless they select. We commend their bravery.”