National Enquirer, Us Weekly Editor Dylan Howard Accused By 12 Former Employees of Harassment

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The top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications openly described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees’ sex lives and forced women to watch or listen to pornographic material, former employees told the Associated Press.

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Howard Editor in Chief and Vice President of News at Radar Online and the National Enquirer

The behavior by Dylan Howard, currently chief content officer of American Media Inc., occurred while he was running the company’s Los Angeles office, according to men and women who worked there. Howard’s self-proclaimed nickname was “Dildo,” a phallus-shaped sex toy, the former employees said. His conduct led to an internal inquiry in 2012 by an outside consultant, and former employees said he stopped working out of the L.A. office after the inquiry.

 

Howard quit soon after the report was completed, but the company rehired him one year later with a promotion that landed him in the company’s main office in New York. It was not clear whether Howard faced any discipline over the accusations. The AP is not aware of any sexual harassment allegations involving Howard since he was rehired.

 

The AP spoke with 12 former employees who knew about the investigation into Howard’s behavior, though not all were aware of every detail. The outside investigator hired to examine complaints about Howard’s behavior also confirmed to the AP that he completed a report.

 

In a brief phone interview with the AP, Howard characterized the ex-employees’ claims as “baseless.”

 

A lawyer for American Media confirmed Tuesday that an outside investigator was hired to look into two employees’ claims about Howard’s behavior.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP; National Enquirer
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