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Hollywood Executive Ron Meyer Leaves NBCUniversal, Citing Extortion


LOS ANGELES — Ron Meyer, one of Hollywood’s most consistent and longest-serving executives, announced on Tuesday that he was leaving NBCUniversal after 25 years at the company, saying he was the victim of an extortion scheme.


Mr. Meyer’s sudden departure follows the exits of other powerful men in the entertainment industry that started in 2017, when investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker revealed allegations that the film mogul Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed and abused women for decades.


He is being investigated by outside counsel hired by NBCUniversal after accusations made by the actress Gabrielle Union and others that he fostered a toxic work environment, claims that he has denied.


In 2018, CBS ousted Leslie Moonves, who had led the network for 15 years, after The New Yorker reported that multiple women had accused him of sexual misconduct.


Last year, Kevin Tsujihara stepped down as the chief executive of Warner Bros. after The Hollywood Reporter revealed accusations that he had pushed for a woman with whom he had had an extramarital sexual relationship to be considered for film and television roles.


Mr. Bronfman slashed the studio’s production pool to $600 million, significantly less than what others were spending at a time when Warner Bros. was establishing its “Harry Potter" franchise and Sony had its “Spider-Man” series underway.






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