TechCrunch Founder and VC Michael Arrington Accused In Public in Rape and Physical Abuse By His Ex – Girlfriend Jenn Allen.
Michael Arrington, 43, Silicon Valley titan is facing allegations of rape and physical abuse after an ex-girlfriend came forward with public accusations on Facebook.
His ex girlfriend Allen,, also a tech entrepreneur, wrote accusations last month that Arrington had physically and emotionally abused her during their eight year relationship and threatened to kill her. She claimed that Arrington had also sexually assaulted a friend.
Jenn Allen is the CEO of RTist.com, a website the connects artists with people buying art. In 2010, she was awarded as the Sexiest Female Entrepreneur.
Michael Arrington founded blog TechCrunch and later sold it for $25million.
After Ms Allen’s accusations became public, news sites reported another allegation against Arrington – that he threw an ex-girlfriend against her bed in 1999.
Ms Allen commented: ‘His lies, abuse, threats and what he did to a friend of mine 5 months ago was unforgivable as well. He raped her, and she told me in person he called her to confirm he did it after the fact.
‘I’ll leave it up to her if she ever wants to report it or say anything. This madness needs to stop, or he needs to start controlling his rage and rape “disorder.”‘
Ms Allen’s accusations led to reports of two other incidents with his ex-girlfriends that span nearly 15 years.
TechCrunch wrote: ‘Rumors of similar alleged abuse have circulated in previous years amongst our peers. Many tech reporters have investigated them, but no stories had been published until those based on Allen’s posts this week.’
TechCrunch Founder and VC Michael Arrington Accused In Public in Rape and Physical Abuse By His Ex
One new allegation surfaced last week from the former human resources manger of RealNames, a start-up company where Arrington worked starting in 1997.
Cecile DeSmet Sharp told Gawker she handled a complaint from an employee who said Arrington has attacked her in her hotel room in 1999 while the two were traveling for a conference.
‘I believe he threw her onto the bed. And she started kicking and he held her down really hard,’ Ms Sharp said.
Ms Sharp said the incident was ‘swept under the rug’ by the company because Arrington was friends and business partners with the CEO.