Chris Albrecht, the president of Legendary Tv, has been positioned on a leave of absence by the firm, a spokesperson confirmed to Vary on Monday. No authentic reason for the exec’s leave of absence changed into as soon as offered.
Albrecht has been benched supreme as an upcoming e book, “It’s No longer TV: The Spectacular Upward push, Revolution and Procedure forward for HBO” by Felix Gillette and John Koblin, supplies tiny print on the government’s lengthy tenure at HBO, including a 1991 incident whereby Albrecht allegedly choked Sasha Emerson, a former HBO government VP. Albrecht denies the allegations as detailed in the e book. On Monday, a spokesperson for Albrecht reiterated his denial of the list.
The e book, situation for launch on Nov. 1, alleges that Albrecht lunged at and strangled Emerson. On the time each executives had been married and had allegedly been indignant about an affair that had since ended, the e book says. Emerson later engaged outside counsel and a mediation changed into as soon as held in Los Angeles, in accordance with the e book.
In the e book, Albrecht states that he “rejects and disagrees with the characterization of what occurred” in the 1991 incident. NBC Recordsdata has contacted each the apt crew representing Albrecht and Emerson for instruct.
In an announcement to Vary Monday evening, Albrecht described the allegations as an “earlier, wrong yarn” being “refurbished and recycled for the sake of sales.
“I in fact bask in sincerely apologized to those whom I offended with disrespect and unacceptable conduct,” Albrecht stated. “Nevertheless that doesn’t promote books or generate media consideration. Some things invent certainly age successfully; but deplorable reporting does no longer.”
The e book tiny print the alleged attack on Emerson and the lengths that HBO’s senior executives at the time went to protect the incident composed. The e book additionally describes Emerson’s professional struggles in leisure after leaving HBO with a confidential settlement as rumors spread. She in the end grew to change into a a success interior clothier. More currently Emerson attain advantage into leisure as a educated to AMC Networks as successfully as mentoring playwrights, actors, writers and directors, in accordance with the e book.
Albrecht had a storied 20-one year lag at HBO, overseeing the growth of the contemporary advise for the trailblazing top fee cabler with such influential hits as “The Sopranos,” “Intercourse and the City,” “Six Toes Below” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Nevertheless he changed into as soon as compelled to resign as chairman-CEO below a cloud in May maybe presumably presumably also 2007 following a public altercation alongside with his then-girlfriend at a cable industrial conference in Las Vegas. He faced elevated stress to resign after the Los Angeles Times reported on the alleged 1991 altercation with Emerson.
Sooner than becoming a member of Legendary in 2019, Albrecht had served a 10-one year tenure because the executive of pay cabler Starz.
The Hollywood Reporter changed into as soon as first to assert data of Albrecht’s administrative leave.