/// Keith Rabois’s Long Statement on Personal Relationship With Square Employee, Sexual Harassment Claim That "Feels Like a Shakedown"
I am meeting with former COO Keith Rabois right now about the developing situation at Square, which involves a sexual harassment claim from a male employee still at the payments company. I’ll have more in a bit, but here is a pretty stunning statement he just gave me that also just published on his Tumblr blog , describing a personal relationship with an employee that went badly awry. Rabois resigned yesterday as COO of the high-profile and heavily funded San Francisco startup: The past few days have been the toughest, saddest, most frightening, and emotionally draining of my life. They have deeply affected me, both personally and professionally. In May 2010, I met someone via mutual friends. With increasing frequency, we hung out, drank wine, and I helped prepare him for interviews with tech startups. As our friendship deepened, we spent more time together, and our relationship became physical. We regularly worked out at the gym, occasionally hung out at my home, and exchanged intimate, personal information, as people in similar relationships often do. Several months after our relationship began, I recommended that he interview at Square. He went through the interview process and was ultimately hired. I did not interview him