Six Women Accuse Uber Investor Shervin Pishevar of Sexual Misconduct
Pishevar is accused of inappropriate behavior, groping and forcible kissing.
Shervin Pishevar, a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist and an early investor in Uber, has been accused of sexual misconduct by six women.
According to a Bloomberg report published Thursday, Pishevar, 43, is alleged to have sexually harassed and assaulted six women who worked alongside him in a professional capacity and is accused variously of inappropriate behavior, groping and forcible kissing. One of the women is early Uber employee Austin Geidt, according to her colleagues who spoke to Bloomberg. The five other women requested anonymity.
Geidt, who is currently Uber's head of global expansion, was subjected to unsolicited touching on her leg from Pishevar during a party according to Uber employees who witnessed the incident. Pishevar is also accused of making other advances at Geidt, none of which she has reciprocated.
One of the accusers, a female entrepreneur, says Pishevar groped and forcibly kissed her. Another female entrepreneur said Pishevar showed her pornographic images during a party. Five of the women allege that Pishevar made unwanted sexual advances after the promise of some kind of professional enhancement, a potential job, the offer of mentorship or investment according to Bloomberg's report.
In May this year it was revealed Pishevar was arrested in the U.K. following a rape allegation. The Metropolitan Police investigated the allegation but declined to press charges. Bloomberg reports Pishevar went to court in the U.K. to stop a local newspaper from reporting on his arrest.
Pishevar, through his representatives, denied all the allegations in the Bloomberg report, adding that the accusations "will be shown to be untrue."