The mid-level editor who inadvertently got sucked into the story about how former Observer Editor Ken Kurson allegedly made inappropriate sexually charged comments to a freelance writer, said the freelancer’s allegations were not revealed to her.
Writer Deborah Copaken wrote for The Atlantic’s Web site “How to Lose Your Job From Sexual Harassment in 33 Easy Steps,” about how she lost her columnist job at the Observer and felt she was harassed by the then-editor Kurson.
Copaken claims she was doubly victimized because her complaints about Kurson were ignored.
“If she had told me all of the terrible stuff, I would have done something about it, as would have [Executive Editor] Merin Rogers,” Sarah Kennedy told Media Ink on Tuesday.
Copaken claims she received a variety of inappropriate comments in the months she wrote for the paper. In November 2016, Kurson sent an e-mail asking “How Come you never asked me out on a date?” She was so rattled, she said she stopped writing for the Observer.
In May 2017, shortly after Kurson resigned, she sent an e-mail to Kennedy, the fashion & style editor — hoping that with Kurson gone, she could restart a column for the publication.
Copaken sent Kennedy, the only editor she knew at the Observer, a second e-mail, on Nov. 25, 2017, a year after she said she received Kurson’s “icky e-mail” — saying she wanted to file a formal complaint with HR.
The e-mail went through without a bounce-back — but unfortunately, Kennedy had left the paper.
“I resigned at noon on July 16, and I was cut off from e-mails,” Kennedy told Media Ink. Oddly, as late as this Tuesday, e-mails to Kennedy’s old Observer address were not getting bounced back.
The company said it never received any of Copaken’s complaints.
But Copaken said she has HubSpot and could see that the November 2017 e-mail to Kennedy — even after Kennedy was long gone — was being opened by someone still at the publication.
“It was opened dozens of times,” Copaken told Media Ink. She also sent a third e-mail in December — asking for the proper party with whom to file a complaint. “It was ignored,” she said.
Kurson declined to comment on the claims about his behavior. He complimented Copaken and wished her well.
Source : https://nypost.com/2018/03/13/observer-editor-denies-knowing-about-freelancers-sex-harassment-claims/