Gossip editor of National Enquirer's publisher faced sexual harassment allegations at another job – Chicago Tribune
Dylan Howard, the top editor at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., who previously faced allegations of sexual misconduct at the gossip news giant, was also accused of harassing behavior at another employer, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Howard took over as the chief editor of the startup celebrity news site Celebuzz in early 2012, after a stint running American Media’s Los Angeles office that was punctuated by allegations of sexual harassment.
Questions about Howard’s behavior didn’t stop at the new job.
At Celebuzz, Howard asked female employees about their sex lives, talked in the office about which of his subordinates he wanted to have sex with and once threw what was described as a “c— ring” sexual aid at an employee, according to confidential documents obtained by AP and interviews with former employees. In a letter obtained by the AP, a human resources specialist said an investigation concluded that Howard had violated the company’s sexual harassment policy.
After 15 months at Celebuzz, Howard left the smaller gossip publication and returned to American Media, where he is now chief content officer overseeing the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other publications and websites.
In a statement issued through his publicist Friday, Howard acknowledged that the top reason for his resignation from Celebuzz was the way the company handled what he called “unfounded” accusations against him.
“There is nothing here that has any truth to it,” he said. “Period.”
“There is a fundamental difference between words and the actions of people,” he said. “We have clearly lost nuance and proportionality.”
An attorney for Howard, Howard Weitzman, threatened to sue the AP for news coverage he described as “false, malicious and defamatory.” He accused the AP of an effort to “defame and smear the people