A letter from Gloria Allred details the full sexual harassment allegations against former HP CEO (and current Oracle president) Mark Hurd. And some specifics lead us to believe he may be a pickup artist — or at least an aspiring one.
The letter was disclosed Thursday, more than a year after Hurd's departure from HP (which the company said was precipitated not by harassment but by his falsification of expense reports), because a court ruled that it did not contain trade secrets and thus was not subject to disclosure laws. As a result, we can now read former HP employee Jodie Fisher's account of Hurd's attempted seduction. And some sections are surprisingly familiar! Especially this bit: while in Madrid with Fisher on business, Hurd allegedly "stopped at an ATM and showed her that [his] checking account balance was over a million dollars to impress her." The old giant-ATM-receipt technique is an old pickup artist trick, as explicated in this unintentionally hilarious video — less-wealthy PUAs are advised to use fake ATM receipts to give the impression of wealth, but Hurd was lucky enough to have the real thing. Let's see what other techniques he tried.