As former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, Mark Hurd, lost his job and annual compensation over accusation of sexual harassment, the complainant stepped forward saying she was saddened at Hurd’s ouster.
Fifty-year-old Jodie Fisher, who appeared in a handful of films and a short-lived reality TV shows, revealed her identity and said that she never wanted Hurd to lose his job.
Speaking on the topic, Fisher said, "I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this. That was never my intention."
She also added that she had already resolved the issue with Hurd privately, without any litigation.
Fisher had leveled a sexual harassment charge against Hurd in June. She worked for HP as a contractor from late 2007 through 2009.
An internal investigation by HP cleared Hurd of any sexual harassment charges, but discovered that he violated the company’s ethics policies by presenting fake expenses worth around $20,000 used to pay Fisher for work she never done. Hurd was asked by the board to leave the company.
Fisher, who is unmarried, but has a son, has worked in commercial real estate, in movies such as "Blood Dolls" and "Sheer Passion" in the 1990s, and also as a saleswoman. She also worked in the NBC reality show "Age of Love" in 2007.