Former Lord Manager Scott McLachlan fired from Warner Music after admitting to harassment

Warner Music fired music director Scott MacLachlan from his position after admitting years of malicious behavior.

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Warner Music fired music director Scott MacLachlan from his position after admitting years of malicious behavior.

The music director who discovered singer Lord and helped make her a global star has been fired from his role in Warner Music New Zealand after Acknowledging years of harassing behavior.

dismissal Scott McLachlan Sunday came after prof Things The #MeTooNZ investigation led him to publicly acknowledge years of harmful actions towards employees and colleagues. Tell Things On Friday he was receiving intensive psychiatric treatment and was trying to “live a simpler, less selfish life”.

McLachlan said he was guilty of making “stupid, insensitive, and ignorant comments” of women in the industry, including asking them if they wanted to have sexual contact with him, and making comments about their own bodies.

“Not a day goes by when I do not regret the harm I caused to the people around me and most importantly the pain and embarrassment I caused to my wife and children. I have to live with this feeling of guilt, knowing that the people I worked with have also endured the pain and stress of my actions,” Maclachlan said. Things.

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A spokesman for Warner Australia, based in Sydney, confirmed that McLachlan had been abandoned, and said the company was committed to “providing a safe and professional environment for all of our team.”

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Our Code of Conduct is very clear regarding harassment of any kind. All allegations are taken very seriously and action is taken if any employee’s behavior violates this law.

“We investigated what we thought was an isolated incident in 2018, with the help of an outside expert, and went further than they advised disciplinary action. Now that we learn of these additional incidents, we have terminated Scott McLachlan’s employment contract with immediate effect,” the spokesperson said.


Alison Maw announced the launch of the #MeTooNZ project, Stuff.

McLachlan did not respond when called on Sunday, after Warner Music revealed his dismissal.

He was appointed Senior Vice President Artists and Repertoire (A&R) for Warner Music Australasia in 2018. Within five months, he was banned from the Australian music giant’s offices following an outside investigation into a sexual harassment complaint.

Maclachlan was demoted but remained with the company as an A&R specialist in Auckland. Things Understands that privacy requirements mean that few Warner New Zealand employees have been informed of the investigation or its findings.

as part of The things Amy Goldsmith, a former employee of the Oakland-based Saiko Management company he founded, said McLachlan sexually harassed and emotionally manipulated her while she worked with him. McLachlan admitted her claims were true.

“He was hinting that he wanted more (than their professional relationship) to hang on to my body, he would ask if I wanted to kiss him. Most of the time I asked him to shut up,” she said.

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McLachlan said Things He deeply regretted his behavior.

“I totally regret the pressure and intense responsibility that I have placed on this employee. I was in a very dark place, considered the employee a close friend and was reaching out for help. I, of course, realize this was not the right person to communicate with.

“I accept the harmful effect of my past behavior and try every day to repair the damage and prevent it from happening again.”

The President of the Music Directors Forum (MMF), Teresa Patterson, said in a statement that the organization was “shocked and saddened to hear these stories of the harm that people in our industry have caused.”

She said MMF has a code of conduct in place since 2015, which has been “a guide to what is expected of all MMF NZ members. The purpose of the code is to encourage our members to have professional, ethical and expert behaviors”. Patterson said membership was voluntary.

“We know we can and must do a better job as an industry,” Patterson said.

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