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Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had known for years about serious allegations of alleged employee misconduct but sometimes kept board members completely in the dark about the alleged incidents. wall street journal informed of On Tuesday, it added to an investigation facing the video game behemoth since California officials sued the company in July over allegations of widespread harassment and discrimination.

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Despite telling directors and other executives that he was not aware of multiple allegations of misconduct, Kotick received an email in July 2018 from a lawyer threatening legal action alleging that his client, a former Activision The employee, was raped by a male supervisor in 2016 and 2017. , WSJ reported on Tuesday, citing email and unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

According to the alleged email, which Businesshala Not noticed, the female employee reported the incidents to the Human Resources Department and other supervisors, who ultimately took no action.

However, months after the attorney’s note, Activision reached an out-of-court settlement with the employee, according to WSJ, The terms of the agreement are unknown.

Kotick, 58, is among several top Activision executives to have been summoned Investigation The Securities Exchange Commission opened in September to investigate disclosures made about Activision’s workplace practices and recent misconduct allegations.

Although they were up more than 2% before Tuesday’s report, Activision shares were down nearly 7% as of 12:30 p.m. ET.

Activision did not immediately respond Businesshala’ Requests for comment, but a spokesperson told WSJ That Kotick would not have been notified of every malpractice report at Activision and would not be expected to be “reasonably” updated on all personnel issues.

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