Afiniti CEO Zia Chishti steps down after harrowing sexual assault allegations

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Afiniti CEO Zia Chishti (left) and Spottiswoode (right). Photo: File
Afiniti CEO Zia Chishti (left) and Spottiswoode (proper). Picture: File
  • Zia Chishti steps down from roles of Chairman, Chief Government Officer, and Director of Afiniti. 
  • Chisthi was accused of sexually abusing a former Afiniti worker throughout a visit to Brazil. 
  • Different Afinity staff corroborate claims of drug abuse, heavy ingesting happening throughout overseas enterprise journeys. 

Afiniti has sacked its founder Zia Chishti after allegations of sexual assault towards him had been made public by a former worker of the organisation. 

“The Board of Administrators of Afiniti proclaims that Mr. Zia Chishti has stepped down from his position as Chairman, Chief Government Officer, and Director of Afiniti, efficient instantly,” the corporate stated in an announcement. “The Board will make extra organisational bulletins within the coming days.”

Tatiana Spottiswoode, a 23-year-old former Afiniti worker, testified earlier than a US congressional committee investigating arbitration clauses that firms write into contracts, and the consequences they’ll have on victims of harassment and different crimes. 

Spottiswoode alleged that the 50-year-old Chishti had sexually assaulted her throughout a visit to Brazil. She stated that after the assault, Chishti filed for arbitration to silence her from talking concerning the ordeal. 

Spottiswoode, the daughter of an Afiniti co-founder, shared pictures as proof of the assault. She stated the sexual assault was so violent {that a} nurse who subsequently examined her at a hospital, acknowledged that she had indicators of a concussion. 

“My physique was lined with scratches, cuts and contusions,” Spottiswoode testified. “I had bruises round my neck that regarded like I had been strangled, a big bump on my head, a black eye.”

5 former staff of Afiniti, as per Bloomberg, stated Spottiswoode’s testimony was reflective of the organisation’s tradition the place heavy ingesting and drug use was widespread. 

A lot of that befell at enterprise journeys to far-flung locales corresponding to Duabi and Brazir the place feminine staff “of their early 20s had been inspired to socialize with senior executives,” alleged the previous staff, who spoke on situation of anonymity. 

Throughout her testimony, Spottiswoode additionally described a 2016 go to to Dubai the place she alleged Chishti groped her in entrance of different colleagues and assaulted one other. 

Two former staff of Afiniti confirmed to Bloomberg that Chishti reached a settlement with one other younger girl, who had been assaulted by Chishti, from discussing any particulars of the assault or compensation. 

Spottiswoode stated the arbitrator dominated that she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by Chishti, however that his attorneys had sought to get her to vacate the award. She testified the founder had provided to present her an unspecified sum she had been awarded and drop a authorized declare Chishti had made towards her father and pay him $1 million.

Chishti, a profitable entrepreneur, had assembled a high-profile roster of advisors that included three former heads of presidency, together with ex-British prime minister David Cameron. 

His similar panel of advisors additionally included a retired US admiral and A-list chief executives. The Pakistani-American had additionally employed a high-powered gross sales crew that featured a member of the British Royal Household and a great-grandson of former British prime minister Winston Churchill. 

And he signed up blue-chip prospects corresponding to Caesars Leisure and Enel SpA.