Daisuke Wakabayashi and Katie Benner have published a scathing exposé in The New York Times on Google’s massive payouts and protection to senior executives credibly accused of sexual misconduct. Like many long reports in The Times, some of the most intriguing details are buried deep in the report. Almost 1,900 words in, is this regarding Andy Rubin:
Mr. Rubin, 55, who met his wife at Google, also dated other women
at the company while married, said four people who worked with
him. In 2011, he had a consensual relationship with a woman on the
Android team who did not report to him, they said. They said
Google’s human resources department was not informed, despite
rules requiring disclosure when managers date someone who directly
or indirectly reports to them.
In a civil suit filed this month by Mr. Rubin’s ex-wife, Rie
Rubin, she claimed he had multiple “ownership relationships” with
other women during their marriage, paying hundreds of thousands of
dollars to them. The couple were divorced in August.
The suit included a screenshot of an August 2015 email Mr. Rubin
sent to one woman. “You will be happy being taken care of,” he
wrote. “Being owned is kinda like you are my property, and I can
loan you to other people.”
How is this buried so deep in the story and not the lede?
Mr. Rubin often berated subordinates as stupid or incompetent,
they said. Google did little to curb that behavior. It took action
only when security staff found bondage sex videos on Mr. Rubin’s
work computer, said three former and current Google executives
briefed on the incident. That year, the company docked his bonus,
Here’s another story, also buried over 1,100 words deep:
In 2013, Richard DeVaul, a director at Google X, the company’s
research and development arm, interviewed Star Simpson, a hardware
engineer. During the job interview, she said he told her that he
and his wife were “polyamorous,” a word often used to describe an
open marriage. She said he invited her to Burning Man, an annual
festival in the Nevada desert, the following week.
Ms. Simpson went with her mother and said she thought it was an
opportunity to talk to Mr. DeVaul about the job. She said she
brought conservative clothes suitable for a professional meeting.
At Mr. DeVaul’s encampment, Ms. Simpson said, he asked her to
remove her shirt and offered a back rub. She said she refused.
When he insisted, she said she relented to a neck rub.
“I didn’t have enough spine or backbone to shut that down as a
24-year-old,” said Ms. Simpson, now 30.
A few weeks later, Google told her she did not get the job,
without explaining why.
This guy still works at Google as a director of Google X.
★ Thursday, 25 October 2018