Charlie Walk Quits ‘The Four’ After Sexual Harassment Allegations
It’s been a bad week for Charlie Walk. A former employee named Tristan Coopersmith alleges that Walk sexually harassed her while she worked at Sony Music. Now, a second woman has come forward. That was the death knell for Walk on The Four as well as his job at Republic Records.
Though Walk will appear on The Four tonight, (it was pre-taped), he will not be in the finale next week. His lawyer released a statement in which he said,
“Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four. I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest.”
He was also let go from his job as president of Republic Records. The major prize on The Four is a record deal with Republic, so it looks like Charlie will not be mentoring the winner of The Four after all. Walk claims to support the ‘Me Too’ movement of women who are speaking out about sexual harassment but it seems that he was also a victimizer. We’ll see what happens with any case brought against him but it seems that his journey with The Four is over. I wonder who they will get to replace him next year?