Epic executives knew of L.A. Reid's alleged misconduct, letter claims


The harassment claim that preceded Antonio "L.A." Reid's exit last week from the top job at Sony's Epic Records alleges that other Epic executives knew about Reid's alleged conduct, a source tells Billboard.

On Sunday night, Billboard reported that an attorney representing one of Mr. Reid's female assistants sent a letter to Sony Music's general counsel about alleged sexual harassment his client had endured on a daily basis over the course of a year, seeking a settlement and prompting a company investigation. Reid, his lawyer, the claimant and her lawyer all declined to comment, while a person in Reid's camp said the letter contained inaccuracies.

But the attorney's letter points out that on multiple occasions, the assistant had complained to her immediate supervisor about Reid's misconduct, but the supervisor offered no direction or solution for what had occurred, according to a source who has seen the letter. She also complained to another high-ranking Epic executive about the harassment, and in response, she was told: "Before you say anything more, think about what that means for you. Just think about what it means."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid attend the MC Records Launch Party, a joint venture with Epic Records at CATCH LA on May 1, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: L.A. Reid is seen on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: (L-R) Recording artist Kat Dahlia and music executive Antonio 'L.A.' Reid attend the Kat Dahlia Listening Party at Premiere Recording Studio on March 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) LA Reid and Erica Reid attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF17/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Co-President, Sony/ATV US Music Publishing Danny Strick, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records L.A. Reid and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Martin Bandier attend Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Lenny S., Sylvia Rhone, DJ Khaled and L.A. Reid attend DJ Khaled Special Announcement Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Epic Records)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: L.A. Reid attends DJ Khaled's press conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: (L-R) LA Reid and Stephen Hill attend BET's 'The New Edition Story' Premiere Screening on January 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 09: L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic Records (L) and record producer Clive Davis attend 2017 Billboard Power 100 - Inside at Cecconi's on February 9, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Billboard)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nas, Cool of Cool & Dre, Future, L.A. Reid, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Big Sean attend the DJ Khaled 'The Keys' Book Launch Dinner Presented By Penguin Random House And CIROC on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01: CEO of Epic Records L.A. Reid speaks at the 2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Woodruff Arts Center on September 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jennifer Lopez and L.A. Reid attend Epic Summer Hosted By DJ Khaledat Marquee on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: L.A. Reid attends Travis Scott Music Video Premiere Party For 'Pick Up The Phone 90210' on August 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/Getty Images)
L.A. Reid, Jidenna, and DJ Khaled (l to r) at the Epic Records 2016 VMA afterparty at Marquee in New York, NY on August 28, 2016.
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Sony declined to comment.

With Reid gone, the fate of Epic -- home to stars including Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony and DJ Khaled -- is unclear. Sony hasn't indicated who might replace the 60-year-old Reid, who had run Epic since 2011, nor has it announced any other executive hirings or departures.

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