A woman has gone on the record to accuse Silicon Valley billionaire Shervin Pishevar of sexual misconduct.
Pishevar, 42, forcibly kissed Boston entrepreneur Laura Fitton at a charity event in 2011, according to a report in Axios.
Fitton is the sixth woman to accuse Pishevar, an early Uber backer, of sexual misconduct — and is the first to allow her name to be made public. She alleges that Pishevar “grabbed [her] and aggressively deep kissed [her]” while the pair were in an elevator, and that she “pushed him away by both shoulders, said ‘no’ and ‘stop.’”
She also told Axios that she returned to his hotel room to eat a meal, and that Pishevar “asked for quite a bit more than kissing,” but stopped when she agreed to allow him to hold her, fully clothed, on the bed.
In a letter, Pishevar’s lawyer said the billionaire “categorically denies any improper behavior toward Ms. Fitton,” suggesting that a November 2015 message from Fitton to Pishevar — as well as a number of other correspondences — confirm the absence of any wrongdoing.
“I wanted you to know I’m sorry I had such a brittle response to you at charity ball years ago,” she wrote in 2015. “You reached out to me in a way we both badly needed at the time and I reacted with fear and shame. I regret that. You are really, really special.”
Fitton, however, claims that she sent the message to Pishevar because she did not want to risk him as a contact, describing him as a Silicon Valley “golden boy.”
“I felt it might soothe his ego a bit,” she said. “And I’m a pretty obsequious person.”
The new allegation comes on the heels of a Bloomberg report where five women accused Pishevar of regularly using his position of power in Silicon Valley to make unwanted sexual advances and using “the prospect of a job, mentorship or investment” as leverage.
Last month, The Post reported that Pishevar was arrested by London cops on suspicion of rape in the penthouse suite of a swanky hotel. No charges were filed in that case.
On Tuesday, the embattled Pishevar announced he was taking a “leave of absence” from his hedge fund and Virgin Hyperloop One amid the slew of sexual-misconduct allegations against him.