*Keith Clinkscales (pictured), the man who helped Quincy Jones put Vibe magazine on the map and who later became a senior VP at ESPN, is embroiled in a sexual controversy that he had a “hand” in creating, if you are to believe his accuser.
Judd Burstein, Clinkscales’ attorney, filed a lawsuit against Joan Lynch, the former colleague of Clinkscales’ who supposedly leaked the story to Deadspin.com.
Burstein of course is saying that Clinkscales did no such thing. He says the idea of his client masturbating on a plane is “ridiculous.”
Here’s more background on the story from International Business Times:
Last month, ESPN cut its 25-person, bi-coastal Content Development department, including VP Keith Clinkscales. Clinkscales went on to become an independent producer.
Shortly after this cut, Deadspin received an email from the spouse of another former Content Development executive.
“This place is a s— show,” the individual wrote to Deadspin.
The tipster said that ESPN terminated the entire department simply because it wanted to “get rid of” Clinkscales.
Supposedly, the former VP was involved in a multitude of transgressions, including a physical altercation with a co-worker and an incident of masturbation next to ESPN’s Erin Andrews, reports Deadspin.
Andrews had allegedly been sitting next to Clinkscales on a plane when she caught him masturbating underneath an iPad.
When he realized that she had seen him, he “panicked and muttered, ‘You know, I’m one of your bosses.’”
Andrews reportedly spoke to many people about the episode but ultimately chose not to go to HR. Instead, she “just wanted it to go away.”
Clinkscales is now denying all allegations against him and claims that Lynch is vilifying him “out of spite and racial animus,” according to the Huffington Post.
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