HP's Mark Hurd did, not, have, sex with Jodie Fisher, but...

Jodie Fisher (source: promotional headshot)
By Richi Jennings. August 9, 2010.

After a series of drip-drip-drip weekend revelations, we now know a bucketful more about why Mark Hurd resigned from HP. As you probably know by now, the ex-CEO was accused of sexual harassment by Jodie Fisher, a former softcore porn actress-cum-reality-TV gal. But they both deny any hanky-panky and have privately settled their differences. There were also some "non-material" expense accounting irregularities. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder what it all means.

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Dean Takahashi lays out what we now know:

The 50-year-old ... became a marketing consultant for HP, introducing [Hurd] to customers and keeping him company. ... She filed sexual harassment charges after HP ended the events that she staged for the company. ... HP’s board found that Hurd had fudged his expense reports and failed to disclose a “close personal relationship” with Fisher.

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That eventually led to Hurd’s ouster. ... At another company, Hurd’s actions may have been overlooked. But HP has ... zero tolerance for corporate shenanigans. ... It is interesting that Fisher was able to land a job as an HP marketing contractor, given her background in softcore ... filmed when she was in her 30s. ... Hurd probably correctly assumed that he would not be able to command the respect of his employees.
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John Furrier puts it more plainly:

Although Hurd didn't have a sexual relationship with Fisher, she caused Hurd to "pad" expense reports which according to HP employees was well known. ... Hurd who is zillionare was a fool. ... HP takes it's ethics very seriously ... his credibility was shot. So the board of directors had to fire him.

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Hurd and Fisher will go down in history as one of the dumbest corporate snafus of the decade.
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Quentin Hardy cuts to the chase:

The key question for the company is, Can they execute together without Hurd? Can they manage the thousands of details in making this work, and stay aligned?
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A pseudonymous HP'er offers this insider's view:

Few if any people in the company are happy. Oh wait, they're happy now that Mark is gone. If I had to pick from the three, I'd take Lew Platt. ... I'd happily spit in Mark Hurd's face, which is about the amount of respect he afforded the rank and file.
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But, even after the weekend's revelations, Henry Blodget remains confused:

She also said--as he has--that they didn't have ... [any] form of intimate relationship. Which begs the question: What exactly did he do that made her sue him for sexual harassment?
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So Teri Buhl offers this carefully worded possibility:

Just because Hurd and his love interest never had sex ... it doesn't mean she was not a victim to his pressure of sex for pay or work. I think that's why he settled. She clearly had enough evidence to personally go after him.
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Xeni Jardin raids IMDB:

Ms. Fisher's film credits include a number of softcore adult films of the "Skinemax"/latenight HBO variety ... "Sheer Passion," "Body of Influence," and "Intimate Obsession." ... She also performed in the television series "Silk Stalkings," and the noted B-schlocker "Blood Dolls."

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As an actress, her most recent role appears to have been on the ... reality dating show "Age of Love," in which twenty- and forty-something women ... claw each other's eyes out for the affections of ... Mark Philippoussis.
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  And Max Read feels conflicted:

Fisher's history as an "R-rated" actress is funny because we're all prurient and, you know, "erotica," "female nudity," ... it doesn't really have much to do with the Hewlett Packard situation.

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Even so, if anyone has a VHS of Body of Influence 2, feel free to FedEx it over! For research.
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Meanwhile, John Biggs looks for lessons we can learn:

If you try this kind of thing at your job (falsifying expenses to canoodle with a contractor, trying to resign gracefully in order to maintain severance) you will probably get sued into oblivion and no one will give you one red cent.

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Also, if you look like Hurd in real life you’re probably not going to convince anyone but your fine and patient SO to sleep with you.
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