The FADER Suspends President and Publisher Andy Cohn Following Misconduct Allegations

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On Monday, November 4, The FADER introduced that the publication had parted ways with Head of Content Eric Sundermann after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced on Twitter. In a report by Jezebel revealed yesterday, a number of ladies, together with former coworkers of Sundermann’s at The FADER and Noisey, detailed these allegations, which included sexual harassment and coercion. The Jezebel report additionally claimed that FADER President and Publisher Andy Cohn was conscious of the allegations in opposition to Sundermann when he was employed and selected to disregard them. Cohn himself was additionally accused of inappropriate conduct within the Jezebel report and was alleged to have “enhanced” the office’s “culture of harassment.”

The FADER has now issued an announcement in response to the Jezebel story, as Variety studies and Pitchfork can verify. In the assertion, a FADER consultant writes that the corporate has now suspended Cohn. Additionally, The FADER has launched an “independent investigation into [the] company’s workplace policies and systems.” Read the complete assertion under.

We based The FADER with the aim of making {a magazine} and
neighborhood that’s an inclusive house that fosters discovery and
connection – a spot the place our staff and neighborhood felt open,
secure, and free to mission their pure artistic skills onto the
world. It is evident that now we have failed to do this and didn’t reside
as much as our requirements.

Today now we have retained exterior counsel to launch an impartial
investigation into our firm’s office insurance policies and methods — not
simply to seek out out the place we went unsuitable, however how we will enhance our
tradition transferring ahead.

Additionally, now we have suspended President and Publisher Andy Cohn.

Our staff are the inspiration of our tradition. We hope to empower
them by this course of to assist us enhance our office assist
methods, insurance policies and tradition. We are placing fast steps in place
to encourage extra suggestions and an open dialogue.

We apologize to those that now we have let down. The FADER will proceed to
attempt to make its neighborhood, and its office, a spot the place
everybody can really feel secure and revered in order that their artistic energies
and skills can shine. We pledge that these adjustments will make The
stronger within the years forward.