A yearlong series of bad choices and subsequent management shakeup at Hewlett-Packard may be traced to a rather embarrassing letter.
The letter, ordered unsealed and made public for the first time since the scandal shook HP last year, reveals how former CEO Mark Hurd had wined and dined and sought sexual favors from an independent contractor, who later accused him of sexual harassment.
Hurd was booted from HP in August 2010, following the accusations from Jodie Fisher, who said that he had tried repeatedly to "engage" her by asking her to his hotel room, kissing her on the lips and groping her. Fisher retained celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent the letter in June 2010, outlining the accusations.
Hurd's lawyers had fought to keep the letter under seal but a Delaware appeals court ruled this week that it should be public.
You can read the letter here.