VOX Fires Editorial Director For Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Vox Media’s editorial director Lockhart Steele was fired for engaging in sexual misconduct, according to a statement from the company Thursday.

CEO Jim Bankoff said in the statement, first reported The Awl, Steele had engaged in conduct that “is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated.”

Hi team, I am writing to let you know that earlier this evening Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately. Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated at Vox Media.

Our investigation into issues raised by a former employee in a post on Medium continues.  Anyone with information should contact our external investigation leads, [redacted].

Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates everyone who has been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation.

Vox is currently investigating the complaints made by former employee Eden Rohatensky, after she posted her story on Medium.com, claiming she was intimidated into staying silent.

The piece is titled, “Why I’m not surprised when I hear that powerful men are fu*#ing creeps,” and asserts Rohatensky was the target of unwanted sexual advancements and was sexually assaulted.

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