Richard Meier, accused by 5 women of sexual harassment, to take a six-month leave of absence

            <img src="" border="0" />In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" >story published by<em> the&nbsp;New York Times</em> this morning</a>, five women&mdash;four of whom worked with Meier and another who encountered him through the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Getty</a>&mdash;have gone on record with their stories of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of <a href="http://richard%20meier%20in%20the%20study%20of%20his%20summer%20home,%20a%20farmhouse%20built%20in%201907.%20credit%20rebecca%20smeyne%20for%20the%20new%20york%20times/" rel="nofollow" >Richard Meier</a>. The behavior ranges from grabbing a woman's "underwear through her dress at a firm holiday party," to exposing himself to unwilling employees. In one instance, according to <em>the Times</em>, Meier forcefully pulled a women into bed, causing her to flea his home in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Los Angeles</a>.
With these women going public, Mr. Meier has decided to take a six month leave from his firm, which is a rather short amount of time considering the severity of these accusations. He has issued the following statement: “I am deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts of several women who were offended by my words and actions. While our recollections differ, I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my behavior. I am leaving the company in the hands of...

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