Hadley Gamble, a CNBC anchor and international correspondent, has accused former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell of sexual harassment and sex discrimination in a complaint filed with the media company, her attorney told NBC News on Monday.
Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, announced Sunday that Shell would be leaving «effective immediately» after an investigation by outside legal counsel into «misconduct.» NBC News and CNBC are units of NBCUniversal.
The corporation did not specify how Shell had violated company policy. In a separate statement, Shell said he had had an «inappropriate relationship with a woman at the company.»
Gamble’s claims appear to go beyond that characterization. In a statement, Gamble’s lawyer, Suzanne McKie, said the «investigation into Mr. Shell arose out of a complaint by my client alleging sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.»
«Given these circumstances,» McKie added, «it is very disappointing that my client’s name has been released and his privacy has been violated.» (Gamble’s name was first reported by entertainment news website Deadline.)
Comcast did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment about the apparent discrepancy in the language used by Shell and Gamble’s lawyer.
Gamble covers energy, geopolitics and financial markets, according to a profile on the CNBC website. She is the host of CNBC’s «Capital Connection,» a show that airs daily from the network’s Middle East headquarters in the United Arab Emirates.
Shell did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on McKie’s statement. In the statement it issued Sunday, Shell apologized for his conduct, saying, «I am truly sorry for letting my colleagues at Comcast and NBCUniversal down.»
Shell was named successor to former NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke in late 2019 and formally assumed the role in January 2020. Previously, he was president of the company’s film and entertainment unit.
He oversaw a sprawling portfolio of media assets that includes the Universal Pictures movie studio, the Peacock streaming service, and cable channels such as Bravo, E! and the US network
Shell’s tenure as CEO was largely defined by the pandemic. Universal’s theme parks and movie theaters closed just months after he took office, revolutionizing the leisure industry and the entertainment business.