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Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society CEO, Accused of Sexual Harassment

Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society CEO, Accused of Sexual Harassment

Human Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle testifies before the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee about inspection systems at meat processing plants on Capitol Hill on Feb. 28, 2008, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:08 AM

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, is facing accusations of sexual harassment.

Two people familiar with investigation said that the non-profit organization hired a law firm, Morgan Lewis, to look into the matter when three complaints emerged, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The complaints date to 2005, when Pacelle allegedly asked an intern to meet at a coffee shop, where he tried to kiss her, a memo released by the society said, according to The Washington Post.

A second incident took place in 2006 when a woman who often traveled with Pacelle on business allegedly received inappropriate sexual propositions from the CEO during a work trip. When she refused, he allegedly threatened to fire her if she spoke of the incident.

The third incident occurred in 2012 when Pacelle stopped by the office of a woman who has since left the organization and started salsa dancing, inviting her to join him.

Pacelle denied all three incidents to The Washington Post.

"The one complaint about the salsa dancing, I simply had a conversation with a person and it turned into that," he said. "The person with the hotel — I'm familiar with that. I worked with the person eight years after that allegation. The person never said a thing to me about any harassment, and I certainly never invited her to a hotel room."

The investigation began last month after several women reported offenses ranging from a frat-like "bro" culture to sexual assault in animal-welfare organizations, Philanthropy noted.

In a statement, board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States confirmed the investigation, noting that it retained Morgan Lewis in December "to conduct an investigation of allegations of workplace misconduct against our CEO, Wayne Pacelle."

The organization said that a special committee of the board is overseeing the investigation and reviewing its findings.

"We do not have information that can be shared regarding the investigation, its findings, or board actions at this time," the statement said. "We believe it is important to deal in substance and not rumors, and our process is designed to ensure confidentiality and fair consideration of these issues."

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