The former literary editor of The New Republic issued an apology to his female colleagues amid allegations of sexual harassment after his latest publication was axed.
Leon Wieseltier, who spent three decades at the magazine, was accused of kissing women in the office on the mouth, discussing his sex life with them, and saying their dresses weren’t tight enough, The New York Times reported.
Former New Republic colleagues began sharing stories among themselves in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, according to sources who spoke to Politico.
The magazine’s former owner Chris Hughes also told Politico the company launched an investigation after a building employee “experienced unwanted sexual advances and harassment” at the hands of Wieseltier in 2014.
The 65-year-old, who was considered a prominent philosopher and intellectual, issued a statement Tuesday that read, “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.”
“The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them that I will not waste this reckoning,” he added.
The Emerson Collective, which was behind Wieseltier’s new literary journal Idea, announced it was shutting down his latest venture, citing unspecified “information related to past inappropriate workplace conduct.”
Wieseltier, who left The New Republic in 2014, was also named on the anonymously compiled Google document “Sh—y Media Men”.