Reality "star" linked to HP scandal
'Age of Love' contestant at center of CEO's resignationThe woman at the center of the sexual harassment claim that forced the resignation of Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd last week is a one-time reality contestant who also has appeared in some racy R-rated movies.
Jodie Fisher, 50, revealed her identity Sunday and said she knew Hurd through her job as a greeter and organizer for HP networking events for customers and executives from 2007-09.
She also has worked as an actress, appearing in some R-rated movies in her 30s. Her credits as listed on IMDb include such titles as "Sheer Passion," "Dead by Dawn," "Intimate Obsession," "Body of Influence 2" and an episode of "Silk Stalkings" (see YouTube video of her demo reel).
More recently, she was on NBC's reality dating show "Age of Love," in which a group of women aged 21-48 competed for the attention of tennis star Mark Philippoussis. She appeared in two episodes of the 2007 series, according to IMDb.
She has also worked as a saleswoman and an executive at a commercial real estate company.
According to a statement from her lawyer, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, Fisher is a single mother who is "focused on raising her young son."
Fisher said she and Hurd never had a sexual relationship, but neither she nor Allred would discuss details of the harassment claim made against Hurd.
That claim set off the chain of events that led to the discovery of allegedly falsified expense reports for dinners Hurd had with the woman and culminated in Hurd's forced resignation Friday from the world's largest technology company.
Fisher said her intention in filing the claim wasn't for Hurd to lose his job. She acknowledged that she and Hurd have settled the matter privately. A person familiar with the case told the Associated Press that Hurd agreed to pay Fisher but would not reveal the size of the payment.
"I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this," she said. "That was never my intention."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.