Domestic violence

CEO who raised minimum wage to $70K denies that he beat and waterboarded his wife

Dan Price, chief executive of Gravity Payments. (Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times)

Dan Price, the Seattle CEO of credit-card company Gravity Payments, who made national headlines when he announced his company would offer a minimum wage of $70,000 to his employees — as he gave himself a pay cut — is now making headlines for a completely different reason. According to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek, Price’s ex-wife Kristie Colón claimed in a TEDx talk at Kentucky University, that will be posted online on December 7, that Price beat and waterboarded her. While she did not name Price explicitly, she read a journal entry about her “then-husband” which she claims she wrote in 2006, when the two of them were married. “He got mad at me for ignoring him and grabbed me and shook me again. He also threw me to the ground and got on top of me. He started punching me in the stomach and slapped me across the face. I was shaking so bad,” she read. Later on, she talked about locking herself in a car out of fear that he would body-slam her into the ground or waterboard her in the bathroom “like he had done before.” Price, for his part, denies that these events ever took place. A spokesperson for his company issued a statement to The Guardian, saying in part, “Unfortunately, people in the public eye are subject to speculation and criticism. Sometimes it’s fair, other times it isn’t. The recent story in Businessweek contained reckless accusations and baseless speculations that are unequivocally false.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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