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Google protected Andy Rubin over sexual misconduct, says NYT; he calls it ‘smear campaign’

According to a New York Times report, Android co-founder Andy Rubin had to resign from Google in 2014 after a complaint of sexual misconduct against him was found to be credible

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Andy Rubin had to resign from Google in 2014 after a complaint of sexual misconduct against him was found to be credible in a Google inquiry.

Andy Rubin, creator of Android operating system, has said in a tweet that the New York Times article claiming he was accused of sexual misconduct at Google, contains “numerous inaccuracies”. NYT highlighted how the Android co-founder was protected by Google, and even given a generous $90 million compensation, despite the sexual misconduct claiming being held valid.

Rubin tweeted saying that the article contains “wild exaggerations” of his compensation when he left the company in 2014. He claimed the “false allegations” are part of a “smear campaign” to disparage him in the ongoing divorce with his ex-wife. The Android co-founder has denied that he coerced the woman into having sex.

NYT revealed today that Rubin had to resign from Google in 2014 after a complaint of sexual misconduct against him was found to be credible in an inquiry. It appeared that Google protected Rubin and stayed silent about the accusations against him, and chose not to make this information public.

When Rubin quit, it was made to sound like he was moving to the next venture. The sexual misconduct allegations were never mentioned. The Android founder’s $90 million was paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years, according to the report.

Andy Rubin’s tweet below

According to the New York Times report, Rubin was accused of coercing a woman, with whom he was having an extra-marital affair, into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013.  The report is quoting two company executives with knowledge of the episode, though they have not be been named.

Read more: How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’

Google’s co-founder Larry Page had then asked Rubin for his resignation, according to the report. The report also claims Rubin was not the only senior executive accused of sexual misconduct, and then asked to leave the company; it appears there were two other senior executives as well.

But each time Google paid millions of dollars in compensation, even though the men were asked to leave over allegations of sexual misconduct. According to NYT, the Android co-founder was the one who was paid the highest in terms of compensation, despite being held guilty.

Google also issued a response to the story. Eileen Naughton, Google’s vice president for people operations was quoted as saying, “We investigate and take action, including termination…In recent years, we’ve taken a particularly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority. We’re working hard to keep improving how we handle this type of behavior”

Previously, it was reported that Amit Singhal, Google’s Senior Vice President for Search, had quit the company over a sexual harassment dispute. Singhal had denied the harassment charges against him. But the real reason for his departure from Google was only revealed when Singhal was forced to quit Uber, which he had joined as SVP for engineering. The reason was that he had not disclosed the case at Google.