Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond had an affair with former Google lawyer Jennifer Blakely, which led to the birth of a child in 2007, Blakely writes in a post on Medium. The relationship violated Google's policies prohibiting relationships between managers and their employees. Afterwards, Blakely said that Drummond had given up the relationship, subjected her to a legal investigation into child support and undergone treatment that Blakely described as "nothing less than abuse."
In a statement to BuzzFeed News Today, Drummond does not dispute most of Blakely's allegations. Aside from a specific accusation, he simply says that "I have a very different opinion about what happened" and that he "will not go back and forth in public in these personal matters."
Blakely first described her affair with Drummond in an article in the New York Times in which a gigantic payout by Google was made to Andy Rubin, the "father of Android," who was accused of sexual misconduct other employee. In her new media article, Blakely states that "blatant womanizing and philandering" was commonplace among some Google executives, a claim that has been reported in various ways for years on Google supervisors such as Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Andy Rubin.
Blakely says her relationship with Drummond ended after leaving a dinner with Google staff to take care of her sick son. She writes that she called Drummond repeatedly and then sent him a text message asking when he would come home. Blakely said, "Do not expect me back, I'll never be back." Chris Chin, Associate General Counsel at Google, told Blakely that Drummond and two other women who worked in Google's legal department that evening were going to San Francisco had gone.
Thereafter, Blakely writes, Drummond began having an affair with one of these women and another with a personal assistant. But the idea that interoffice matters are acceptable behavior on Google came from above, says Blakely:
Once in the summer of 2014, David visited our son and we got into a row over his one-way streets at my house at will, especially when he had removed his own blocks. He sat down at our kitchen table and pulled out a one-year article from the Daily Mail about Eric Schmidt's philandering lifestyle with my laptop. Then he handed me the computer to read. I was so helpless! I was well aware of Eric's lifestyle, David was even more aware, but none of it was new, we had talked about it for years. David explained to me how Eric's "private life" was essentially privilege . The article apparently reminded me how things worked: David was (and is) a powerful manager. His "personal life" (apparently without his son) was taboo and since I was no longer his "personal life", it was time for me to shut up, queuing up, and myself no longer worrying about the annoyances or demands to raise a child.
"Except for Jennifer, I never made any connection with anyone else who worked on Google or the Alphabet," Drummond says BuzzFeed . "Any other suggestion is just wrong."
According to Blakely, Drummond temporarily refused to pay for maintenance, and also walked long distances without seeing his child. "Your account raises a lot of claims on us and other people, including our son and my former wife," Drummond said, according to Buzzfeed.
Blakely's story about Drummond and Google's culture is not untypical for the company. In October 2018, Google announced that 48 people had been released for sexual harassment in the past two years. Google employees have protested against sexual harassment in the company and even left the company on November 1, 2018. Since then, one of the staff who organized the strike has left Google, claiming the company has resisted.
Google declined to answer questions about the allegations, including the question of whether Drummond violated company policies. Blakely did not respond to comment requests.