/// Exclusive: Here’s What Hurd’s Actual HP Expense Reports Say About Controversial Fisher Dinners
While much of the attention may focus on the original letter written by Gloria Allred to Mark Hurd claiming a pattern of sexual harassment of the marketing contractor Jodie Fisher, the fact remains that he was fully exonerated of those allegations by an internal Hewlett-Packard investigation conducted by the law firm of Covington & Burling on behalf of HP’s board of directors. In fact, what got Hurd ousted from his job as HP’s CEO on Aug. 6, 2010, were questions related to his expense reports. So what do they show? AllThingsD has obtained some background notes that were prepared in connection with the so-called Covington Report — which a Delaware judge has ruled will remain under seal — delivered to HP’s board during the summer of 2010. The one page of notes goes into some detail about the nature of the four of Hurd’s expense reports that specifically name Fisher as having been in attendance. This is a key detail because HP’s official reason, as explained by then general counsel Michael Holston on Aug. 6, 2010, was that Hurd’s expense reports were prepared in a way that “had the effect of concealing Mark’s personal relationship with the contractor.” How might Hurd have arguably used an expense report in this way? By leaving her name off of reports claiming expenses for certain dinners. But here are four examples of expense reports where Fisher was specifically named. By way of explanation, mentions of “Fimbres” refer to Hurd’s assistant Caprice Fimbres, who had hired Fisher in the first place.