SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) Jodie Fisher, the woman who accused former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd of sexual harassment claimed her work with the company began to dwindle because she rejected Hurd's advances, a person close to the investigation told The Associated Press.
Hurd denies making any advances on Fisher, who was employed by HP as a contractor for its marketing department from 2007 to 2009, reported the source, who requested anonymity because of not being authorized to discuss the case.
Fisher, 50, is an actress and businesswoman who helped the world's largest technology company organize networking events for its customers and introduced executives to one another. She worked on more than a dozen events in her two year stint with the company, the majority of which occurred during her first year, according to the person close to the investigation.
Her work slowed down the second year because HP's marketing budget was cut and was not at all affected by her relationship with Hurd, the person said.
Though the substance of Fisher's complaint led to Hurd's resignation, HP determined that he did not violate the company's sexual harassment policies in his exchanges with Fisher, who would often have dinner with Hurd after the events. However, the company did discover falsified expense reports associated with those meetings, which led to the board's unanimous decision to seek Hurd's resignation.
Hurd resigned Aug. 6, a week before the resignation was announced, and left with a severance package that could top $40 million.
According to the source, Hurd stepped down a week before his resignation was announced because the board intended to publicly disclose the sexual harassment allegation, despite their finding that he did not violate company policy.
Before he stepped down, Hurd settled with Fisher for an undisclosed amount