Two former workers and one current staffer in Mark Zuckerberg’s private family office accused his former personal security chief of racist and sexist conduct, including using the n-word, calling an employee a “ghetto hoodrat,” and calling Black Lives Matter a “terrorist organization.”
The accusations come from previously undisclosed sworn declarations made last year, in which the workers pledged to repeat their claims under oath if necessary.
In 2019, after two other former staffers raised almost identical complaints about Booth and threatened litigation, Zuckerberg hired an outside law firm to investigate the claims.
At the time, Zuckerberg’s spokesperson said the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing and that the charges “could not be substantiated.” Booth voluntarily left his job and the family office said in a statement that it was “grateful for his service.”
Zuckerberg’s spokesperson said that current employee has recanted her sworn declaration and that it contains inaccuracies. The law firm that drew it up responded that “current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s former head of personal security was accused by colleagues of using the n-word, calling a Black employee a “ghetto hoodrat,” and denigrating the Black Lives Matter movement, according to sworn declarations obtained by Business Insider.
The declarations, signed under penalty of perjury by two former workers in Zuckerberg’s secretive family office and by one still employed there, offer shocking new details of allegations against Zuckerberg’s former security chief Liam Booth and cast doubt on the Chan-Zuckerberg family’s claims that an investigation found no evidence of racism or abuse during his tenure.
Booth was first accused of misconduct by two different former colleagues in 2019, including sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia. At the time, Zuckerberg’s personal spokesperson Ben LaBolt said the family office had investigated the claims and found no wrongdoing by Booth, who departed his job after Business Insider first reported on the accusations.
The new allegations contained in the declarations corroborate some of those earlier claims about Booth’s conduct. All three begin with pledges that “the following facts are within my personal knowledge and if called as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto, under oath.”
In response to a Business Insider investigation into Zuckerberg’s family office published in February 2020, LaBolt dismissed allegations of sexism, racism, and bullying within the Chan-Zuckerberg household as “a collection of unfounded rumors, exaggerations, and half-truths … advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees …read more
Source:: Business Insider