Celebrated architect with NJ roots accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

Richard Meier

He reportedly paid one woman a $150,000 settlement. In light of today's allegations, Cornell has chose to decline Meier's recent gift to name the chair of the university's Department of Architecture. The company also instituted a sex-harassment training that Meier had to attend, Johnson said.

After the allegations were published in the Times, the J. Paul Getty Trust canceled a dinner originally scheduled for next week in NY, where they'd meant to honor Meier for the Getty Center's 20th anniversary. We will swiftly explore what additional actions are appropriate with regard to endowments for professorships and scholarships previously donated to Cornell. He also announced that he will be taking a six-month leave from his firm, which he established in 1963 in NY.

"I am deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts of several women who were offended by my words and actions", he said.

The Getty Center in Los Angeles. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1956.

Stella Lee said Meier had her come to his apartment for work in 2000, when he answered the door in an open bathrobe and made suggestive remarks to her, which she reported.

The Times confronted Meier about the allegations and he announced he would step away from his firm for six months.

Five women say architect Richard Meier sexually harassed them, marking him as one of the first famous architects to be accused of such misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Of the women who came forward, four worked for Meier at his firm. He dragged her down a hallway and pushed her onto his bed as she protested. Within two months, she said, Meier allegedly "started to roll my underwear around in his fingers" while guiding her around an office holiday party with his hand on the small of her back. And "a couple of people at different levels" advised Monk not to stay at the office too late by herself, she told the Times.

A fifth woman not associated with the firm accused Meier of pulling her onto a bed at his home during an incident in the 1980s in LA.

Vena-Mondt said that Meier had invited her to a dinner party, but that she did not know she would be the only guest. She left and later told management, according to the Times.

Prof. Andrea Simitch '79, the first architecture chair who was to bear the title endowed by Meier, did not respond to a request for comment. Therefore, we will decline his new gift to name the chair of the Department of Architecture, and we are cancelling the event that had been planned for next week to celebrate the gift.

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