Feeds

Ex-actress 'accused Hurd of leaking HP's EDS buy'

Insider info claim hits Fishergate

Intelligent flash storage arrays

When Mark Hurd resigned as HP CEO in early August, he stood accused not only of sexually harassing HP contractor and former soft-porn actress Jodie Fisher, but also of passing her insider information.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a June 29 letter to Hurd from Fisher's lawyer said that "Hurd told her of HP's intention to buy EDS at an HP event in Madrid in March 2008." HP officially announced its intention to acquire EDS for $13.9 billion in May of that year. In the same letter, Fisher's lawyer — celebrity attorney Gloria Allred — accused Hurd of sexually harassing her client, according to The Journal.

The report indicates that Hurd denied the allegation that he had told Fisher about the plan to buy EDS, but it also says the HP board "fretted about" the claim because they had "lost confidence" that he was telling the truth about his relationship with Fisher — the reason he was ultimately asked to resign.

The June 29 letter to Hurd also included an eight-page chronology detailing meetings between Hurd and Fisher in hotels across the globe, The Journal reports. And people who have seen the letter tell the paper that it accused Hurd of touching Fisher in sexually suggestive ways.

In March 2008, when Hurd allegedly told Fischer about HP's EDS plans, HP had just made a confidential offer to buy the services giant. A source tells The Journal that although the allegation was never made public, HP did provide regulators with information about the claim following Hurd's resignation.

When Hurd resigned, HP said he had not violated its sexual-harassment policy, but that the company's investigation had found violations of business-conduct standards. Both Hurd and Fisher denied that they had had a romantic relationship.

In 2007, HP started running events at hotels where customer executives could meet Hurd, and Fisher was hired as a contractor to help run these events. She had been spotted on the reality TV show, "Age of Love," in which she was one of 12 "bachelorettes" vying for the affections of former tennis star Mark Philippoussis. Previously, she had acted in adult movies, and though Hurd originally told the HP board he was not aware of her soft-porn past, according to The Journal, an HP investigation later discovered that he had visited webpages showing her in pornographic scenes on the site erotic4u.com. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.