Jewish intellectual Leon Wieseltier has been let go from his role starting a new magazine after its ownership learned of “past inappropriate workplace conduct,” Politico reported Tuesday.
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Wieseltier, the longtime literary editor of The New Republic magazine, had been working this year on launching a new publication for the Emerson Collective, a company owned by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs.
“Upon receiving information related to past inappropriate workplace conduct, Emerson Collective ended its business relationship with Leon Wieseltier, including a journal planned for publication under his editorial direction. The production and distribution of the journal has been ended,” the company said in a statement.
Wieseltier had been named on a document circulating through the media world called “S—-ty Media Men,” which contains anonymous accusations against many prominent media figures.
Wieseltier released an apology in a statement. “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness,” he said. “The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them that I will not waste this reckoning.”