Chris Albrecht placed on leave from Legendary Entertainment – Los Angeles Times

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Entertainment

Legendary Entertainment President Chris Albrecht has been put on administrative leave after details of a 1991 incident during his tenure at HBO surfaced in an upcoming book.A representative at Legendary confirmed that Albrecht is on leave, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Legendary had no other comment on the matter. But the action by the company comes on the heels of revelations in a soon-to-be-published history of HBO that recounts how the network paid a settlement of at least $400,000 to another executive, Sasha Emerson, after she alleged that Albrecht shoved and choked her. AdvertisementAt the time of the 1991 incident, Emerson was a senior vice president at HBO Independent Productions and reported directly to Albrecht, who was head of programming. The pair had been in a consensual affair outside of their marriages.The book, “It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO” by Felix Gillette and John Koblin, reports that Albrecht allegedly disparaged Emerson in meetings at the network, then owned by Time Warner, after she exited. The book also alleges that the HBO board was never told of the settlement and that the departure of Emerson from the company was not explained internally.Albrecht, 70, denied the new details in the book in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.“After more than 30 years an old, flawed story is now being refurbished and recycled for the sake of sales. I have sincerely apologized to those whom I offended with disrespect and utterly unacceptable behavior. But that doesn’t sell books or generate media attention. Some things do indeed age well; but bad reporting does not,” Albrecht said.Albrecht’s suspension comes months after private equity giant Apollo Global Manag …

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