Ousted HP CEO Accused of Leaking $14B Deal

Woman who charged harassment says he told her of plan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2010 10:03 AM CDT
Ousted H-P CEO Accused of Leaking $14B Deal
Mark Hurd, now with Oracle.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Messy new details are emerging in the scandal that led to the ouster of Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd, courtesy of a Wall Street Journal investigation. The most damning is that he reportedly told Jodie Fisher—the woman who accused him of sexual harassment—of HP's $14 billion plan to buy EDS months before it went public in 2008. The most embarrassing is that while he told board members he didn't know of Fisher's porn past, he had visited web pages with photos of her scenes.

The Journal has details of a letter Fisher sent to Hurd, via attorney Gloria Allred, in which she lays out the EDS allegations and plenty more. HP's board then hired investigators to look into all the seedy details, and they turned up enough red flags—including the porn site visits and at least two instances when HP sent Fisher to the same hotel as Hurd even though she had no business being there—that it lost trust in Hurd.
(More Jodie Fisher Mark Hurd stories.)

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