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University of California Regent Norman Pattiz, (Chris Farina/Getty Images)

Under fire

University official apologizes after woman airs audiotape of him sexually harassing her

By WITW Staff on November 3, 2016

University of California may be trying to crack down on sexual harassment on campus, but the school’s regent, Norman J. Pattiz, is apparently above reproach. Pattiz also serves as chairman of Courtside Entertainment Group, a company that produces radio shows and podcasts. He recently apologized for telling a comedian taping a commercial for a memory foam bra at his PodcastOne studio that his hands were “memory foam” and asking whether he could hold her breasts. The school regent is also alleged to have sexually harassed a number of his own employees — one of whom said she felt she had to leave her job after enduring repeated harassment.

During her “Juicy Scoop” podcast last week, comedian Heather McDonald aired an audiotape of Pattiz’s comments about her breasts. She was inspired to speak out, she said, by the women who had come forward about being harassed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Pattiz, 73, has apologized for “making anyone feel uncomfortable,” calling the incident “a valuable learning experience.”

McDonald, who left PodcastOne shortly after the incident, has said that she does not accept Pattiz’s apology. “Sexual harassment is not a joke,” she said.

Twenty-three-year-old Ji Min Park said she left PodcastOne in August after enduring continual sexual comments from the radio mogul — including one incident where he told her, in front of others, that she looked like a schoolgirl and that he had watched “too many videos” with schoolgirls in them. Another former employee, Raymond Hernandez, alleged that Pattiz walked around asking employees if they wanted to see revealing photos of one of PodcastOne’s female executives on his phone. Hernandez added that Pattiz also harassed at least two pregnant podcasters about the size of their breasts.

Pattiz has said he would not apologize for the other alleged incidents. University of California officials have thus far refused to comment on Pattiz’s behavior.

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.


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