The new singing reality show “The Four” has had its share of drama in the first five episodes of a six episode season with singers calling each other out and members of the judging panel telling it like it is in a not so gentle manner.
But just two weeks before the season crowns its first winner, the drama surrounding Hollywood has touched “The Four” when Republic Records executive and “The Four” judge Charlie Walk is facing accusations of sexual harassment from a former Republic Records employee.
As a result of those accusations, Walk has been relieved of his dutues as president of the record company…and he will not be a part of the finale on “The Four” February 8.
Walk himself made the decision not to participate in the show and saying via a statement, “out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of ‘The Four.’ I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest.”
Republic Records has launched an independent investigation into the accusations which occurred several years ago while Walk worked at Sony Music.
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