Republic Records Places Charlie Walk on Leave Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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The Four judge Charlie Walk during Fox's session at the January 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour

Tristan Coopersmith is opening up about her decision to go public with her sexual harassment allegations against The Four judge Charlie Walk.

Coopersmith tells ET that she first met the record executive when she worked at the now defunct Teen People, and claims his alleged harassment started nearly "instantly" after he asked her to come work for him. "We have only recently learned of these past allegations regarding Mr. Walk", the company wrote in a statement on Monday.

"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", he said.

He also tells that he doesn't want his presence to get distracted in any way. Needless to say this is very upsetting. "I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest".

Coopersmith's claims include Walk allegedly making "lewd comments" about her body, sharing his sexual fantasies with her and inappropriately touching her. Coopersmith, who wrote that she was 27 years old at the time, also alleges that he once drunkenly pushed her onto his bed in his bedroom at his home.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that in a music industry email published on Tuesday, one former Republic Records employee claimed that while she was employed under the company, Walk would make inappropriate comments on the social media pictures she posted and invite her to hotel rooms. As the details are being worked out of Walk's exit from The Four and how it will be explained on-air, the UMG response occurred pending the outcome of an investigation into the claimed sexual misconduct and as another woman has come forward to accuse The Four judge of inappropriate behavior.

The label has offered the following statement: "REPUBLIC RECORDS is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully".

With the singing competition show scheduled to air its latest pre-taped episode tomorrow, sources tell Deadline that this looming move follows Walk being placed on leave on Wednesday by Universal Music Group.

The Four airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on Fox.

Republic president Charlie Walk becomes one of the highest profile figures in pop music to be swept up in the rising #MeToo movement against workplace harassment, despite the industry's notoriously louche reputation.

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