The New Yorker Fires Correspondent Ryan Lizza After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Ryan Lizza at an event in New York in 2009.
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The New Yorker said Monday that it had fired Ryan Lizza, the magazine’s Washington correspondent, after it said he had engaged in what it called “improper sexual conduct,” a charge that Mr. Lizza denied.

The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”

Mr. Lizza rejected The New Yorker’s characterization of events, but both the magazine and Douglas H. Wigdor, a lawyer representing the woman accusing him of misconduct, said it was accurate.

In a statement, Mr. Lizza said the company’s decision to fire him “was made hastily and without a full investigation of the relevant facts” and “was a terrible mistake.”

“I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate,” he said via email. “The New Yorker was unable to cite any company policy that was violated.”

Mr. Wigdor, who has filed at least 11 lawsuits against Fox News this year for defamation, sexual harassment and racial discrimination, said in a statement that “in no way did Mr. Lizza’s misconduct constitute a ‘respectful relationship’ as he has now tried to characterize it.”

“Our client reported Mr. Lizza’s actions to ensure that he would be held accountable and in the hope that by coming forward she would help other potential victims,” Mr. Wigdor said. His client has decided to remain anonymous, he added.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Liam Stack