Deadline has confirmed from two sources with knowledge of Ron Meyer’s departure today that the woman who the NBCUniversal Vice Chairman had a consensual affair with was actress Charlotte Kirk. She was also involved with Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara; that affair leading to his departure from the studio last year.
Earlier today, Meyer acknowledged in his statement about his departure, that he had a brief, consensual affair “many years ago”. Meyer, along with NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell, came to the mutual decision that the former’s actions weren’t consistent with the entertainment conglomerate’s policies and values.
Meyer is known as a guy who helps people out with problems. From what we’ve been told, amid the fallout of the Tsujihara-Kirk affair last year, Meyer, knowing both parties, aimed to assist in some sort of settlement between the two. However, the whole situation backfired with Meyer being extorted.
“I made a settlement, under threat, with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me. Admittedly, this is a woman I had a very brief and consensual affair with many years ago. I made this disclosure because other parties learned of the settlement and have continuously attempted to extort me into paying them money or else they intended to falsely implicate NBCUniversal, which had nothing to do with this matter, and to publish false allegations about me. After I disclosed this matter to the company, we mutually decided that I should step down from my role as Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal,” said Meyer this morning.
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