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November 20, 2019

After a widely-panned interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew is stepping back from public duties.

Prince Andrew announced Wednesday he will "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future" because "my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption."

Virginia Roberts Giuffre has alleged she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, which he denied in a recent BBC interview, saying, "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened." But the Duke of York came under fire for many of his answers about his friendship with Epstein in this interview, including when he said, "Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes."

"Unbecoming?" journalist Emily Maitlis shot back. "He was a sex offender." At another point in the interview, he said his relationship with Epstein had some "seriously beneficial outcomes" and tried to refute Giuffre's claims against him by saying that, although she recalls seeing him sweating, "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I didn't sweat at the time."

"I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein," the Wednesday statement reads. Prince Andrew had reportedly been considering a follow-up interview. Brendan Morrow

February 19, 2019

Skydance's hiring of John Lasseter has already resulted in one high-profile departure.

Emma Thompson has dropped out of Luck, a Skydance Animation movie she was set to star in, because of Lasseter's hiring, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline. The actress had already started recording her voice performance for the movie, the Reporter adds. The film is currently scheduled for a 2021 release. Thompson worked with Lasseter on Pixar's Brave, BuzzFeed News points out.

Skydance last month announced it would be hiring Lasseter, the former chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and co-founder of Pixar, to lead its new animation division. This prompted backlash, as Lasseter had left Disney in light of sexual harassment allegations against him. After announcing his hire, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison said that Lasseter had been "analyzing and improving his workplace behavior" and that he has "given his assurance that he will comport himself in a wholly professional manner."

Since then, Deadline reports that Lasseter apologized to Skydance employees for his past behavior. Ellison also recently promoted Holly Edwards into the role of Skydance Animation president, with a source telling the Reporter this was "no doubt a reaction to the backlash on hiring Lasseter." Brendan Morrow

March 19, 2017

After just six months on the job, Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting, telling Recode that the "beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride-sharing business."

People close to Jones told Recode that when he took on the role, he was unaware of how many issues the company was facing — drivers were leaving him angry comments on Facebook, a female engineer who left the company wrote a blog post calling management out as being dysfunctional, Uber's engineering head was fired after it came out he was investigated for sexual harassment at another employer, and the head of product left after "questionable sexual behavior was uncovered at a company event," Recode reports. Jones came to Uber from Target, where he was chief marketing officer. Catherine Garcia

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