Mon. Jun 24th, 2019

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Mark Zuckerberg’s security chief accused of racism and sexual harassment

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief Liam Booth has been accused of sexual misconduct and making racist and homophobic remarks about Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, and members of his staff.

Zuckerberg family has started the investigation and booth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Liam Booth is  a former Secret Service officer, now serving as the Facebook founder’s personal security chief, were brought by former employees of Zuckerberg’s household staff via the law offices of The Bloom Firm.

“The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters,” said Ben LaBolt, a spokesperson for the Chan Zuckerberg family office.

“The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel. As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family office engaged Munger, Tolles & Olson, an outside law firm, to conduct an investigation of all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims have merit.”– he added.

One of the letters, sent by the law firm The Bloom Firm, alleges Booth made racist remarks about Chan’s driving ability in front of the household staffer, saying, “She’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision,” while using his fingers to pull the skin near his eyes to the side

The Zuckerberg family has properties in Palo Alto and Lake Tahoe, California; San Francisco and the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

It is to be noted that Facebook spents nearly $20 million on security costs for Zuckerberg and his family at his residences and while traveling in 2018.

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