Music executive, L.A. Reid has been dimissed from his position as Chairman/CEO of Epic Records/Sony Music after only 6 years, following allegations of sexual harassment of a former assistant.
Reid has long been hailed as a hitmaker, being given credit for some of the greatest artists and performers in hip hop and R&B of the last 3 decades. Starting LaFace Records in 1989 in Atlanta, along with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Reid helped bring some of the greatest and most renowned Southern grown artists to the forefront. These included Usher, Outkast, and TLC. In 2000, the label was merged with Arista, where he became CEO. Upon joining Epic/Sony, Reid has been responsible for projects with Future, Travis Scott & DJ Khaled, along with bringing both Mariah Carey, and Meghan Trainor to the label.
Reid’s former assistant, whose name has thus far been withheld, alleged that the music exec’s treatment toward her forced her to feel uncomfortable at work. A letter from her lawyer to Epic Records states that Reid often made inappropriate comments about her clothes, made unwanted sexual advances toward her at a holiday party, and asked her to sleep in his bed during a work trip. Reid, who has been married since 2000 to Erica Holton, has not released any statement on the allegations. No official word on the allegations has been released from the
Reid is currently listed as the executive producer on a scripted drama called, Cotton Club, and so it appears he is still finding other profitable enterprises outside of Epic.
Hopefully the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light very soon.