Former NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer is at the center of an investigation after confessing to having an affair with actress Charlotte Kirk and paying her a $2 million settlement last year.
NBCUniversal has hired outside investigators to look into “Ron’s behavior,” a source close to the situation revealed. The company is trying to determine if any company funds or resources were used to help facilitate the affair or its cover-up.
This is just the latest turn of events surrounding Kirk, who is said to have Asperger’s Syndrome. More Hollywood high rollers have been named as having been involved with the 27-year-old actress, who was possibly promised roles and auditions in exchange for sex. This includes producer and co-owner of the New York Giants, Steve Tisch, who had a relationship with Kirk in 2012, several months before the Meyer affair began, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Last year, Kevin Tsujihara, the former chief of Warner Bros., forfeit his career after his relationship with Kirk came out. It was alleged that he took an extra interest in landing Kirk’s roles as a result of their sexual relationship.
On the day of his exit from his position with NBCUniversal, Meyer released a statement confirming that he had settled with an unnamed woman, who he says made false accusations against him. The woman was later identified as Kirk.
“Other parties learned of the settlement and have continuously attempted to extort me into paying them money or else they intended to falsely implicate NBCUniversal, which had nothing to do with this matter.”
An insider with NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast, said that the decision to let Meyer go was necessary and came from the top, considering that he had humiliated the company.
“This is an embarrassment for the corporation that already had issues with Matt Lauer,” says the Comcast insider in reference to the Today host, who was fired in November 2017 following sexual misconduct allegations. “There are concerns about how Meyer paid Kirk.”