Report Alleges Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Hid Knowledge Of Misconduct

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal paints a very different picture of Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick than the executive has made for himself, alleging Kotick had knowledge of many sexual assault and harassment claims at his studios. Additionally, the report said Kotick did not notify the company’s board of directors after it reached an out-of-court settlement with an employee who accused a former supervisor of rape.

Documents including memos and emails shown to the Wall Street Journal reportedly indicate Kotick’s knowledge of other accusations made against employees within Activision Blizzard. They also suggest that employees forced out for allegations were still publicly praised and coworkers were asked to not speak out.

The report also alleges that Kotick threatened to kill an assistant over voicemail in 2006, which an Activision spokesperson said was in jest. It said he, not Activision Blizzard executive and former Bush administration official Frances Townsend, was responsible for drafting a statement on the ongoing harassment and culture investigation that Kotick himself later called “tone-deaf.” The internal statement had been attributed to Townsend.

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