MIRAMAX CEO RICHARD NANULA RESIGNS AFTER SCANDAL: WEB PHOTOS OF FORMER-DISNEY EXECUTIVE WITH PORN STAR AND EX-WIFE CLAIMED HE SPENT $10,000 ON PROSTITUTES

Accused: A paralegal at Colony Capital, which has a major stake in Miramax, has filed a sexual harassment suit against Nanula claiming he groped her buttocks and that she was subsequently fired

Showbiz CEO once treated for sex addiction  reportedly resigns after a co-worker claims sexual harassment and explicit photos of him with a porn star hit the internet

  • Richard Nanula is the chairman of the board at Miramax
  • Previously an executive at Disney
  • Ex-wife claimed Nanula spent up to $10,000 on prostitutes and once claimed to be cured of his sex addiction thanks to 6-day rehab

By Joshua Gardner DailyMail PUBLISHED: 7 July 2013 |

An entertainment industry big wig with a gold-plated resume has reportedly resigned in the wake of pornographic photos of him emerging online and a work-related sexual harassment suit despite a sex-addicition rehab stint ten years prior.

Richard Nanula holds a Harvard MBA. He held top titles at Disney and biotech juggernaut Amgen. Currently, he sits as chairman of the board of Miramax.

And though the suave wheeler-dealer has made millions for his companies, his reportedly unseemly predilections may prove his undoing.

 
Maxed out: Miramax chairman Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence after a sexual harassment charge and after photos of him in a compromising position with a porn star allegedly hit the internetMaxed out: Miramax chairman Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence after a sexual harassment charge and after photos of him in a compromising position with a porn star allegedly hit the internet

 Variety reported June 26 that website TheDirty.com had published photos it claimed showed Nanula engaged in sex acts with a porn star.

The photos have since been taken down, but remained viewable at a site called PornNewsToday.com.

 Sources for Variety said the photos were the reason for the leave of absence Nanula recently took from Miramax and Colony Capital, which owns a large stake in the entertainment group.

One of Colony Capital’s largest investors, it should be noted, is Qatar Holding, the sovereign wealth fund of the deeply conservative Muslim country.

 
Old hat: Nanula, right, with Miramax CEO Michael Lang and actress Carly Steel in 2011. The Harvard MBA's 2005 divorce claimed he'd spent $10,000 on prostitutes during his marriage to ex-wife TraceyOld hat: Nanula, right, with Miramax CEO Michael Lang and actress Carly Steel in 2011. The Harvard MBA’s 2005 divorce claimed he’d spent $10,000 on prostitutes during his marriage to ex-wife Tracey

 ‘Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence from Colony and Miramax for personal reasons,’ Lisa Baker, a publicist with Owen Blicksilver PR, which reps Colony, told Variety.

Now, the New York Post is reporting that a sexual harassment suit may be an additional reason for Nanula’s leave of absence.

Additionally, says the Post, that leave of absence is actually a permanent vacation. However, Colony Capital failed to substantiate the Post’s tip that Nanula has resigned.

 
Cured? Nanula, 2nd from right in 1997, reportedly entered a 6-day sex addiction rehab ten years ago that, he claimed in his divorce, had cured himCured? Nanula, 2nd from right in 1997, reportedly entered a 6-day sex addiction rehab ten years ago that, he claimed in his divorce, had cured him

 

‘Based on our investigation,’ a Colony rep told Page Six, ‘these matters are personal to Mr. Nanula, and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.’

The harassment suit centers on a paralegal at Colony named Stephanie Shaw, who claims Nanula groped her buttocks in an ‘unwelcome, extreme, and offensive’ way back in early 2012 and filed suit in a Los Angeles court.

Shaw, who was fired after less than a year with the company, is also alleging wrongful termination, among other wrongdoings. The court documents can be read in their entirety, here.

 
Accused: A paralegal at Colony Capital, which has a major stake in Miramax, has filed a sexual harassment suit against Nanula claiming he groped her buttocks and that she was subsequently firedAccused: A paralegal at Colony Capital, which has a major stake in Miramax, has filed a sexual harassment suit against Nanula claiming he groped her buttocks and that she was subsequently fired

 Meanwhile, this isn’t the first bit of funny business the executive has been accused of.

Back in 2005, Nanula’s then wife Tracey filed for divorce. According to court papers, Tracey claimed that she had found that Nanula had spent as much as $10,000 on prostitutes and traced his infidelities back to 2001.

Tracey also indicated in her filing that Nanula had, at one time, completed a 6-day rehab stint for sex addiction that he subsequently claimed had cured him.

Tracey Nanula would not comment on the case.

The sexual harassment issue is now in binding arbitration, in which Shaw is seeking unspecified damages.

MailOnline reached out to both Miramax and Colony Capital, though neither had responded as of Sunday afternoon.

 
Stepped down? Page Six claims Nanula has resigned, not just taken a leave of absence, from his positions at Miramax and Colony CapitalStepped down? Page Six claims Nanula has resigned, not just taken a leave of absence, from his positions at Miramax and Colony Capital

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2357825/Showbiz-CEO-treated-sex-addiction-reportedly-resigns-worker-claims-sexual-harassment-explicit-photos-porn-star-hit-internet.html#ixzz2YOxY9Xt9
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