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Five former Ubisoft execs arrested following sexual harassment investigation

<p>French police have arrested five former <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="">Ubisoft[/url] executives after an investigation into claims of abuse, harassment and discrimination at the company, according to the newspaper <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href=";_x_tr_tl=en&amp;_x_tr_hl=en&amp;_x_tr_pto=wapp">Libération[/url]. Ex-Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët and Tommy François, a former vice president of editorial and creative services, were among those taken into custody. Both men <a data-i13n="cpos:3;pos:1" href="">left Ubisoft[/url] in 2020 following accusations <a data-i13n="cpos:4;pos:1" href="">against them[/url].</p>
<p>When asked about the arrests, Ubisoft told <a data-i13n="cpos:5;pos:1" href="">[/url] that it didn't have &quot;knowledge of what has been shared and therefore can't comment.&quot;</p>
<span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><p>In 2021, a French workers union and two ex-Ubisoft employees <a data-i13n="cpos:6;pos:1" href="">sued the publisher[/url] for allegedly enabling a culture of &quot;institutional sexual harassment.&quot; Solidaires Informatiques claimed that, rather than addressing the issues head on, Ubisoft found it easier to tolerate alleged misconduct. Francois and Hascoët were among those named in the suit.</p>
<p>According to Libération, police spent more than a year investigating the case. They collected testimonies from approximately 50 staffers and former employees. A lawyer for the plaintiffs claimed (according to a translation) that &quot;beyond simple individual behavior, [the case] reveals systemic sexual violence&quot; in an environment where a &quot;'schoolboy atmosphere' was tolerated.&quot;</p>
<p>Several senior employees resigned or <a data-i13n="cpos:7;pos:1" href="">were fired[/url] in 2020 after reports emerged of widespread misconduct at the company, including at Ubisoft studios in <a data-i13n="cpos:8;pos:1" href="">Montreal[/url] and <a data-i13n="cpos:9;pos:1" href="">Toronto[/url]. That summer, CEO Yves Guillemot <a data-i13n="cpos:10;pos:1" href="">laid out a plan[/url] to address such issues and clean up a culture of toxicity within the ranks.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at

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