Los Angeles Times publisher and chief executive Ross Levinsohn was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits, according to a Jan. 18 National Public Radio report.
The NPR story, reportedly based on a review of court documents, corporate financial filings and interviews with 26 of Levinsohn’s former colleagues and associates, also said Levinsohn’s behavior over the past two decades was called into question repeatedly by female colleagues, and that the executive had also disparaged gays at a Hollywood event.
L.A. Times’ parent company, Chicago-based tronc Inc., released the following statement:
"This week, we became aware of allegations that Ross Levinsohn acted inappropriately. We are immediately launching an investigation so that we have a better understanding of what's occurred. At tronc, we expect all employees to act in a way that supports a culture of diversity and inclusion. We will take appropriate action to address any behavior that falls short of these expectations."
The report comes a day before the National Labor Relations Board is expected to reveal the results of a vote to unionize Los Angeles Times’ newsroom staff.