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L.A. Times Suspends Beijing Bureau Chief After Accusations

The accusations have reverberated through Beijing’s close-knit community of foreign reporters and come amid a broader wave of accusations of sexual harassment, mostly by women, against powerful figures in the media in the United States, including Harvey Weinstein and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

After Ms. Tucker published the post in January, Mr. Kaiman resigned as president of the correspondents’ club. In a Twitter message to Ms. Tucker at the time, Mr. Kaiman said he was “so, so deeply sorry — I did not in any way mean to pressure you into an unwanted or uncomfortable sexual encounter, and I thought we had talked through the issue as peers and friends.”

On Tuesday, after Ms. Sonmez’s letter was widely circulated, The Los Angeles Times said it would investigate, adding that the paper “takes these allegations seriously.”

L.A. Times Suspends Beijing Bureau Chief After Accusations
L.A. Times Suspends Beijing Bureau Chief After Accusations

Mr. Kaiman was hired by The Los Angeles Times in 2015. He was an intern at The New York Times in 2011.

Mr. Kaiman declined to address the specific accusations, saying he was speaking with a lawyer. “I’ve been advised not to say more until the investigation is complete,” he said.

In her letter to the club, Ms. Sonmez also said she was disappointed with how it had handled Mr. Kaiman’s resignation. She said she had shared her accusations against him with another board member before Mr. Kaiman resigned.

The board allowed him to draft his own resignation, making it appear voluntary and making no mention of the fact that the accusations were severe enough for the board to determine he could no longer serve as president, Ms. Sonmez said.

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