Vox Media CEO Bankoff on Fired Executive: ‘Investigation is Not Done’

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Jeremy Barr on October 20, 2017.

A day after Vox Media terminated editorial director Lockhart Steele for inappropriate conduct, longtime chief executive Jim Bankoff addressed his staff on Friday and said an investigation into allegations is “ongoing” and that the law firm Gibson Dunn is assisting in the investigation.

“While we were able to take swift action … based on what we uncovered so far in the investigation, we’re trying to stress that the investigation is not done,” Bankoff said in the meeting. “There are multiple investigations happening.”

Bankoff also encouraged his staff to be forthright. “It’s important for me to stress that, because there are still people coming forward, and I want to encourage people who have not yet come forward to do so as well. … We want all the information that we can get. It’s important to the company, it’s important to our culture to get that information.”

He thanked “everyone who has come forward” with allegations, and singled out the former employee who wrote on October 12 about misconduct they experienced while working at the company. …

The Hollywood Reporter 10/20

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