President & publisher Andy Cohn is also under investigation for allegedly enabling former employee’s behavior, a source tells Billboard.
On Monday, music and culture publication The Fader fired its head of content, Eric Sundermann, days after an internal investigation was launched due to allegations of sexual misconduct. According to a source, allegations of Sundermann’s behavior first appeared on Twitter.
According to a Billboard source, one particular staffer pushed for Sundermann’s dismissal and The Fader’s president and publisher Andy Cohn remains under investigation as well for “enabling Eric and looking the other way.”
Billboard has reached out to The Fader for confirmation and further comment.
Sundermann was hired by The Fader in December 2018 as its first head of content, after the publication let several employees go, including its editor-in-chief. Before joining Fader, Sundermann spent more than five years at Vice’s music vertical, Noisey, rising to editor-in-chief in November 2015. In the past, he has written for The Village Voice, New York magazine, Complex, Spin and Rolling Stone, among others.
In the announcement of his hiring late last year, Sundermann shared his excitement to join the brand. “As a devoted fan and reader of the publication for nearly a decade, I’ve long admired the work done by some of the most brilliant minds in music media. The Fader has long led in taste, storytelling and music discovery. Now, I’m beyond thrilled and excited to help take the organization further into the strange and exciting world of new media and continue to elevate the brand.”
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