New York, NY – A member of the Epic Records staff has denied claims that she is behind the sexual harassment allegations against the label’s former chairman, L.A. Reid.
A recent story published by HipHopOverload says an A&R named Zoe Alicia issued the complaint that forced Reid to step down from his role at Epic. Alicia refuted the article via a post on her Instagram.
“Someone wrote a fake story about me,” she wrote. “Let’s be clear!”
An insider, speaking on the condition of anonymity, reaffirmed to HipHopDX that the “alleged victim was not Zoe” and her name should be refrained from being associated with the ongoing case from this point on.
Alicia works closely with French Montana, who signed with Epic a little over a year ago. She has posted about L.A. Reid on social media in the past, praising his book Sing to Me in December 2015.
Reid’s sudden departure was prompted by a letter sent to Sony Music’s General Counsel Julie Swidler in March. An unidentified woman accused Reid of making inappropriate advances toward her at a holiday party last year, according to the New York Post. She also claimed Reid asked her to lie in bed with him during a business trip and made suggestions to her about what clothes to wear.
Epic management and Reid have not commented on the situation in any official capacity. Reid’s lawyer, Joel Katz, has also refrained from speaking about the allegations against his client. An unnamed source at Epic did make a statement to the Post, providing the only insight about the unseemly circumstances of Reid’s exit.
“We are not allowing a culture like that in this company, no matter how much a person brings to the bottom line,” the insider said.