Second Nine manager resigns after allegations of inappropriate touching

Nine Entertainment’s streaming service head of publicity Stan has left after an investigation into allegations of harassment and inappropriate physical contact with staff. He Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday.

The allegations against former communications chief Adrian Foo were made by at least five people, the Financial review reported, two of whom said he made them feel uncomfortable by hugging them, touching their knees or holding their shoulders.

Foo left Stan a year ago before the investigation was over.

Nine chief executives, Mike Sneesby and Adrian Foo (right), have been friends for many years.

Nine chief executives, Mike Sneesby and Adrian Foo (right), have been friends for many years.

At least two of those employees have signed confidentiality agreements and several have left the business, the Financial review saying.

Foo is friends with Nine chief executive Mike Sneesby, who ran Stan until April 2021.

In a statement, Nine, the owner of this newspaper and the Financial review – he said to Financial review that Sneesby “had played no role and had no visibility in the process that led to Adrian Foo’s departure from Stan, given their long friendship.”

The allegations come as pressure mounts on Nine over allegations it failed to act on long-standing concerns about the behavior of the TV division’s head of news and current affairs, Darren Wick, who left the company in March.

Two months earlier, in January, a formal and historic complaint about Wick’s behavior had been filed. It is understood that only three executives were aware of the complaint, one of whom was Sneesby.

In the past two weeks, several women have taken to the media, including this newspaper, alleging that Wick had a history of lewd and drunken behavior.