According to various national entertainment news media outlets, former Epic Records chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid (pictured left) stepped down from that position last month while in the midst of being embroiled in a scandal after numerous $exual harassment allegations were leveled at him.
Reid, 61, is a veteran music executive who started LaFace Records, a southern record label powerhouse along with partner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds in 1989. The two men started the company in a joint venture with Arista Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
LaFace Records was very active during the 1990s cranking out hits for artists and groups with household names in the urban music genres, such as TLC, Goodie Mob, Toni Braxton, and Usher, just to name a few.
Reid’s Midas touch when it came to executive producing made him one of the most powerful men in the music industry. However, according to a member of one of the R&B super-groups, which Reid previously shepherded, he probably fell victim to abusing that power at some point.
In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine, TLC front-woman Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (pictured right) talked about the group’s new comeback album, as well as moving on without Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, a TLC co-founder and rapper of the group who passed away in a car accident in 2002.
As expected, a Billboard interviewer asked Watkins, 47, about the scandal that her former boss is currently at the center of. The “Baby, Baby, Baby” performer reportedly “buried her face in her hands” after being questioned about Reid’s very serious allegations.
“I hear more people are coming out saying stuff. I was surprised he was fired, but [the $exual harassment allegations] didn’t come as a surprise. I don’t wish him anything ill. But surprised [he was accused]? No,” Watkins told Billboard Magazine.
Watkins and Reid’s uneasy business relationship in the past was chronicled in Reid’s 2016 tell-all book titled Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next.
In his book, Reid describes T-Boz as strong-willed but very hard to work with at times, calling her his “little muse.” This past spring, Vibe Magazine reported that other high-ranking executives at Epic supposedly knew full well about Reid’s alleged diabolical antics and did nothing about them.