- Shervin Pishevar, a well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist who has invested in Uber, Airbnb, and Tumblr, has denied allegations in a Bloomberg report that he sexually harassed five women.
- Pishevar says he is the victim of a smear campaign.
- The new allegations are “anonymous and untrue” and ” directly refuted by an eyewitness,” he says.
- Separately, he was also arrested in London on May 27 following a rape allegation but released without charge when police decided the case would not stand up.
- He took out an injunction to stop UK media reporting on the arrest. The case also featured a mysterious police report which authorities later said was not genuine.
Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has denied a report published by Bloomberg on Friday in which five women claim he sexually harassed or assaulted them.
The women told Bloomberg that the Silicon Valley venture capitalist used his position of power to pursue unwanted relationships and non-reciprocal sexual encounters.
A spokesperson for Pishevar told Business Insider the story is not true. “Shervin Pishevar is the victim of an organized smear campaign,” a representative of Pishevar said. “Now, anonymous and untrue stories have suddenly surfaced concerning Mr. Pishevar. The assertions regarding the only person named have now been directly refuted by an eyewitness to the claimed events.” (Pishevar’s full statement is at the bottom of this article.)
Austin Geidt, Uber’s fourth employee, is one of the women mentioned in the report. She did not speak to Bloomberg herself but several Uber employees told the news service they saw Pishevar put his hand on her leg and move it up her dress at an Uber Christmas party in December 2014. Pishevar attended the party with a pony on a leash that was wearing a Read More Here