NBC News Chairman Andy Lack Accused of Ignoring Sexual Misconduct Claims

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A network spokesman denied the allegation, which was reported by The Daily Beast.

NBC News chairman Andy Lack is being accused of overlooking complaints of sexual misconduct made during his tenure as chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

During his tenure, according to a new Daily Beast report, the company discovered that music executive Charlie Walk had sent inappropriate messages of a sexual nature to female colleagues.

"Soon after finding the messages, executives said, they repeatedly implored Lack to address Walk’s sexual harassment," according to the report. "Each time, Lack declined to act."

Pam Kaye, who claimed misconduct by Walk while working with him at Columbia Records, told the publication that Lack is "part of the problem if he knew it."

In the report, Lack is accused of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct throughout his lengthy career in media, which includes two stints running NBC News. But, his boss, NBCUniversal CEO Stephen Burke, told The Daily Beast that he supports Lack and "look[s] forward to continuing to work with Andy and to his continued success as the leader of NBC News."

The NBC News chairman is also faulted in the story for including an executive, David Corvo, on a team that reviewed Ronan Farrow's reporting on Harvey Weinstein.

"What NBC News didn’t say was that Corvo himself had been accused of sexual harassing a female colleague," according to the report. "According to two people with direct knowledge of the woman’s complaint to the company, she said the harassment lasted for nearly three years when NBC was owned by General Electric."

Of the Corvo allegation, NBC News repeated to The Hollywood Reporter the statement it gave to The Daily Beast: "At a time when different people ran the news division and a different company owned NBC, the company investigated a complaint and took effective action, including changing reporting lines,” a spokesperson said. “The individual's departure over a decade later and any compensation paid was completely unrelated to the complaint.”

NBC News denied the allegation that Lack "would turn a blind eye to making difficult decisions" on sexual harassment.