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LA Times Publisher Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment

Emanuel Shirazi

Publisher for The LA Times, Ross Levinsohn, is currently under investigation for past sexual harassment that resulted in two settlements. In addition, Levinsohn is being accused of displaying inappropriate behavior at work and creating a hostile work environment. Following NPR’s investigation, the Times’ parent company, Tronc, publicized that it will also be launching an investigation against him.

Levinsohn, who has been referred to as a digital media pioneer, has held top management positions at companies such as Yahoo and Fox. He’s held the position of publisher at the LA Times since August 2017. Here’s what we know about the allegations:

1/ Levinsohn once forcefully kissed and rubbed up against a woman at an industry party despite being married.

2/ Levinsohn admitted, on record, that while he was employed at Alta Vista, he rated his female colleagues according to their attractiveness.

3/ Levinsohn once left a Hollywood Reporter-sponsored fashion event because he felt uncomfortable around all the gay men. He also used the slur “fags” when referring to homosexuals.

Twelve LA Times’ editors have released a statement pledging their concern that Levinson’s inappropriate behavior might jeopardize the integrity of the 136-year publication. If the accusations are proven true, they don’t want him leading the organization.

While the investigation continues, Levinsohn has agreed to take a leave of absence from his role as trustee at the American University.

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