Former ABC Entertainment Group president Stephen McPherson was being investigated for sexual harassment by the network when he abruptly exited the company Tuesday after six years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Upon Steve McPherson returning to work from his vacation on Monday, he made a voluntary decision to resign and ABC accepted his resignation. It is not uncommon for high level executives to be the subject of gossip and innuendo," McPherson's attorney, Tom Hoberman, said in a statement. "That would include rumors of internal situations which can easily be misinterpreted or misrepresented. Seems like it goes with the territory, and there is nothing further to discuss."
Multiple harassment complaints were made involving the now ex-president of ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, and the company had been conducting a formal investigation into the accusations the three weeks before McPherson's exit, the trade paper reports.
The complaints were made regarding alleged inappropriate behavior against multiple female executives at ABC, THR reports.
ABC Family president Paul Lee is expected to succeed McPherson, according to Variety. ABC is scheduled to present its fall lineup to critics on Sunday, a job that McPherson has overseen in the past.
ABC refused to comment on the allegations, referring only to its earlier comment that McPherson offered his resignation Tuesday and the company accepted.