The manager credited with discovering singing superstar Lorde has been fired by Warner Music over sexual harassment allegations.
Scott Maclachlan admitted to “years of harmful behaviour”, following an investigation by New Zealand publication The Stuff and #MeTooNZ.
Manager who discovered Lorde fired by Warner Music
Maclachlan discovered Lorde at age 13, taking her to international stardom with his own Saiko Management company.
Two years later, the pair split as a result of alleged legal issues.
On Sunday, Warner Music terminated Maclachlan’s contract following the sexual harassment allegations.
The British born music executive admitted to The Stuff that he had been guilty of “stupid, insensitive and ignorant comments” to women in the industry.
For example, asking them if they wanted sexual contact with him, and making comments about their bodies.
“There’s not a day goes by that I don’t regret the harm I have caused people around me and most importantly the pain and embarrassment I have caused my wife and children.
“I have to live with that guilt, knowing that people I worked with have also endured pain and stress because of my actions.”
Banned from gigs
In May 2018, the company named him Senior Vice President at Warner Australasia.
However, the company subsequently demoted him to an A&R specialist role based in Auckland and banned him from “Warner Music’s Australian offices and gigs”.
The action followed a number of complaints of sexual harassment.
Allegations taken seriously
Amy Goldsmith, a former Saiko employee, told The Stuff:
“He would insinuate he wanted more [than a professional relationship]; he would comment on my body, he would ask whether I wanted to kiss him.
“Most of the time I just told him to shut up.”
Maclachlan subsequently admitted the claims that he “sexually harassed and emotionally manipulated her while she worked for him” are true.
Warner Music confirmed the dismissal, with a Sydney spokesperson saying the label is committed to “providing a safe, professional environment for all our team.”
“Our Code of Conduct is very clear regarding harassment of any kind.
“All allegations are treated seriously and action is taken if any employee’s behaviour has breached that code.”
“We investigated what we believed to be an isolated incident in 2018, with the assistance of an external expert, and we went further than they advised with disciplinary actions.
“Now that we’ve learned about these additional incidents, we’ve consequently terminated Scott Maclachlan’s employment contract with immediate effect.”
Maclachlan says he is now undergoing intensive psychotherapy in addition to treatment for alcoholism.
“I do accept the harmful impact of my past behaviour and I try every day to repair the damage and prevent it happening again.”
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