Music executive Charlie Walk, now a panelist on Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, is the latest powerful man in entertainment to be accused of sexual misconduct.
Tristan Coopersmith, the founder of Life Lab, a women’s wellness studio and social club, made the harassment charge Monday in a letter on Life Lab’s website blog titled,
Both Fox and Universal Music Group, where Walk serves as president of Republic Records, say they plan to review the matter. Universal Music Group says it appears the time frame in question was before Walk began working for the company.
In her letter, Coopersmith says that Walk gave her “the opportunity of a lifetime” some years ago when he offered her a music job that could “help shape the industry that I loved,” came with “a fancy office,” backstage passes to concerts and meet-and-greets with artists such as Prince.
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But the job and her tenure, which appear to have been before Walk’s time at Republic, came at a heavy cost, Coopersmith writes.
“You also made me feel sick to my stomach almost everyday. For a year I shuddered at the idea of being called into your office, where you would stealthily close the door and make lewd comments about my body and share your fantasies of having sex with me,” writes Coopersmith, who was 27 at the time.
She accuses Walk of making frequent sexual and vulgar remarks, putting his hand on her thigh at dinners “I had no business being at” and, on one occasion, pushing her into his bedroom and onto his bed.
“You being drunk and me being 6 inches taller was my saving grace,” she writes.
Coopersmith writes that she left the job after a year, feeling “diminished” and living “in a corrosive pit of shame.” Life Lab’s website says she is a licensed psychotherapist who founded the studio in 2016.
Coopersmith’s letter does not name the company or the time frame in which the alleged harassment occurred. According to his biography for The Four, Walk spent more than 15 years at Sony Music before moving to Republic.
The Four, a singing competition that premiered on Fox in January, has one more episode to tape and two more to broadcast before it ends its first season. The winner is scheduled to receive a Republic Records contract and career guidance from the expert panel, which includes Walk, Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meaghan Trainor.
In a Universal Music Group statement, the company says: “While it appears this blog post relates to the period prior to Mr. Walk’s appointment to his position at Republic Records, we take the allegations very seriously and intend to conduct a full and complete review of this matter.”
Fox also issued a statement, saying: “We have only recently learned of these past allegations regarding Mr. Walk. We are currently reviewing this matter and are committed to fostering a safe environment on all of our shows.”
At the end of her letter, Coopersmith offers forgiveness. “I don’t wish ill for you, Charlie Walk. Only the possibility of personal awakening, accountability and transformation so that you can use your power for good. I forgive you, Charlie Walk. I hope you can forgive yourself.”