Shervin Pishevar, prominent tech investor, takes leave of absence to fight 'smear campaign'

Todd Haselton
Shervin Pishevar, prominent tech investor, takes leave of absence to fight 'smear campaign'

Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar said on Tuesday that he is taking a leave of absence from both firms on his own accord."As many of you have seen in recent news coverage, I filed a lawsuit last month against what I believe to be potential perpetrators of a smear campaign against me," Pishevar said in a statement.

Pishevar is referring to reports, including one

from Bloomberg

, from late November that suggest he sexually assaulted several women, including during during a holiday party at Uber. Pishevar was an early investor in the ride-hailing company.

"As that legal action progresses, it is my priority to ensure that the Sherpa Capital family is not adversely affected. Therefore, I have decided to take an immediate leave of absence from my duties at Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One, as well as my portfolio company board responsibilities, so that I can pursue the prosecution of my lawsuit, where I am confident I will be vindicated."Pishevar is likely referring to a lawsuit he filed against Definers Public Affairs, which he believes is creating the negative press about him.

Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar said on Tuesday that he is taking a leave of absence from both firms on his own accord.

"As many of you have seen in recent news coverage, I filed a lawsuit last month against what I believe to be potential perpetrators of a smear campaign against me," Pishevar said in a statement.

Pishevar is referring to reports, including one

from Bloomberg

, from late November that suggest he sexually assaulted several women, including during during a holiday party at Uber. Pishevar was an early investor in the ride-hailing company.

"As that legal action progresses, it is my priority to ensure that the Sherpa Capital family is not adversely affected. Therefore, I have decided to take an immediate leave of absence from my duties at Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One, as well as my portfolio company board responsibilities, so that I can pursue the prosecution of my lawsuit, where I am confident I will be vindicated."

Pishevar is likely referring to a lawsuit he filed against Definers Public Affairs, which he believes is creating the negative press about him.



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