LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Republic Records boss and “The Four” judge Charlie Walker, who was recently put on leave by Universal Music Group following accusations of sexual misconduct, claims he was being extorted and provided TMZ with a voicemail threat to support his statement.
TMZ reports that the voicemail of a caller who sounds drunk offers Walk a “deal” to resign from the TV singing contest “The Four” and as head of Republic and “nobody will ever say anything.” The caller claims Walk hired prostitutes and three women are ready to go public, according to TMZ.
A person close to the situation told TMZ that the source of the voicemail is radio exec Tom Gilligan. The exec told TMZ he was drunk, and upset with Walk at the time for not setting up a meet-and-greet with Jon Bon Jovi, but does not recall leaving the message.
The message was left about a month before Tristan Coopersmith came forward with allegations against Walk. Coopersmith claimed in a blog post that Walk engaged in a variety of inappropriate behavior with her over the course of year when they worked together more than a year ago.