The parent company of Essence magazine and the Essence Festival of Culture responded this week to a blistering anonymous essay alleging sexual harassment, pay inequity, intimidation and a toxic work environment at the company.
“We deny the accusations and refute them without reservation,” reads the headline of the statement from Essence Ventures.
The statement continues:
“Facts will always matter, and we are not afraid of the truth. The allegations and mischaracterizations throughout — whether of pay inequity, intimidation, and otherwise — are unfounded attempts to discredit our brand and assassinate personal character.”
That essay was rather specific and this statement doesn’t quite address much of anything.
Essence still has some explaining to do.