Social justice CEO who made international headlines is now making headlines for allegations of sexual assault
· · Aug 21, 2022 ·

You might not immediately remember tech CEO Dan Price, but you probably recall the big to-do several years ago when he announced he would be slashing his salary at Gravity Payments from $1.1 million to $70,000, while raising the starting salary for all employees there to $70,000 as well.




It was a big deal.

So is this:

On Monday, the police in Palm Springs, Calif., said they had referred Ms. Margis's case to local prosecutors, recommending a charge of rape of a drugged victim. Prosecutors in Seattle earlier this year charged Mr. Price with assault in another incident.

After responding to questions earlier in the day from The New York Times, Mr. Price tweeted that he had resigned on Wednesday evening as chief executive of his company, Gravity Payments. He wrote that he had become a "distraction" and needed to "focus full time on fighting false allegations made about me."


In his defense, Price has categorically denied these allegations:

In his statement to The Times, Mr. Price said he had "never physically or sexually abused anyone," and that "the other accusations of inappropriate behavior towards women in this story are simply false."

We obviously don't know one way or the other what happened — yet, anyway — but it's worth pointing out that, in a lot of cases, men who are accused of this type of behavior often try to weasel out of it with pretty equivocal language: "I didn't know I was doing anything that could be taken the wrong way," "If any woman was made uncomfortably by my behavior, I am sorry," etc.

A flat-out denial is a little more compelling, though of course it's not dispositive.

Let's wait and see what happens here. In the meantime, be careful who you turn into a hero.

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