The record executive who managed pop singer Lorde for five years has been fired from his Australian record label after revelations of sexual harassment.
Scott Maclachlan is widely credited with discovering the Grammy-winning singer and managing her at his Saiko Management until 2016.
He managed Lorde from through the release of her debut album but later parted ways with her and took up a role as a senior vice president at Warner Music Group’s Australian arm in Sydney.
Warner Music Group has now terminated Maclachlan after an investigation into sexual harassment claims.
The news was first reported by the New Zealand publication Stuff, and Machlachlan admitted to the “harmful impact” of his behaviour.
“I do accept the harmful impact of my past behaviour and I try every day to repair the damage and prevent it happening again,” Maclachlan told Stuff.
Warner Music Group said it previously investigated what they believed to be an isolated incident in 2018.
“Now that we’ve learned about these additional incidents, we’ve terminated Scott Maclachlan’s employment contract with immediate effect,” the group said.
Originally from the UK, Machlachlan worked in the British music business for two decades before moving to New Zealand in 2008, where he began working with Lorde when she was 13 years old.
Asked about the reasons for the split in 2016, Maclachlan said, “I can’t talk about because there are ongoing legal issues that I don’t want to compromise.”
– with Reuters