Aug 18 (Reuters) - NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer left
the Comcast Corp-owned company on Tuesday, after
disclosing that he had made a settlement with a woman with whom
he had a consensual affair years ago.
In a statement, Meyer said he had been the target of an
extortion effort from people who learned of the settlement,
which he said he had made under threat.
Meyer, who had been with the company for 25 years and is one
of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, said "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, and to publish false allegations about me."
He did not give details about the amount of the settlement,
or when it was made.
In a statement, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer Jeff
Shell said: "Late last week Ron Meyer informed NBCUniversal that
he had acted in a manner which we believe is not consistent with
our company policies or values. Based on Ron's disclosure of
these actions, we have mutually concluded that Ron should leave
the company, effective immediately."
(Reporting by Helen Coster, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)