Former Android Head Left Due To Sexual Misconduct Claims
Word has come out that Andy Rubin, former head of Google’s Android business left the company three years ago due to an accusation of inappropriate behaviour.
The breaking of this news has caused Rubin to take a leave of absence from his consumer hardware start-up, Essential.
A spokesperson for Essential says, “At our last regularly scheduled board meeting earlier in November, Andy asked for a leave of absence to deal with personal matters. The Board agreed and our President, Niccolo de Masi, will continue to run day to day operations at Essential.”
The Information reports Rubin left Google after an inquiry saw he had what the company dubbed an inappropriate relationship. The inquiry begun after someone complained to HR about the issue.
A spokesperson for Rubin says, “Any relationship that Mr Rubin had while at Google was consensual and did not involve any person who reported to him. Mr Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since.”