A top editor for The National Enquirer and other supermarket tabloids has been accused of sexually charged conduct — including discussing his sex life in the newsroom, forcing women to watch or listen to pornographic material, and referring to himself by the nickname “Dildo.”
The Associated Press detailed the allegations against Dylan Howard, chief content officer of American Media Inc.’s Celebrity Group, based on interviews with a dozen former employees.
The employees — most of whom signed nondisclosure agreements — came forward after the New Yorker and other news outlets published emails revealing that Howard had worked with movie producer Harvey Weinstein to undermine allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, the AP reported.
Howard had dispatched a reporter to uncover derogatory information about an actress who had accused Weinstein of rape, and then shared that information with Weinstein, according to the AP. Howard explained he was seeking the information as part of due diligence before entering into a business relationship with Weinstein.
Cam Stracher, the company lawyer, said a 2012 internal investigation into Howard’s conduct revealed no serious wrongdoing.
“It was determined that there was some what you would call as horsing around outside the office, going to bars and things that are not uncommon in the media business,” Stracher told the AP, “but none of it rose to the level of harassment that would require termination.”