A former Google lawyer has described that he had an affair with the company's most important legal officer, which caused them to have a child.
In a destruction Medium post on Wednesday, Jennifer Blakely, 54, claimed to have started her relationship in 2004 with David Drummond, 56, the chief legal officer for Alphabet (of which Google is a subsidiary) in California.
She says that while she and other staff knew he was married, they had never met his wife, Elena Marimo Berk, with whom he established a UNICEF fund and shares an autistic son.
Blakely claims that they started their own romantic relationship after Drummond told that he and Berk were alienated.
Jennifer Blakely, 54, claimed to have started her relationship with David Drummond, 56 in 2004. They had their son in 2007, when he was still legally married
In the blog post she describes how he rented a W-hotel suite for an & # 39; afterparty & # 39; after a birthday celebration he threw for her, where he told her he wanted more children.
She became & # 39; for the first time & # 39; pregnant in 2005, but three months later she failed, she said.
In 2007 she gave birth to their son.
Drummond was still married, but, she said, she had promised her he was about to get a divorce.
The pair never told work they were expecting, but after the birth of their child, Blakely claims that she received a call from HR telling her that one of them should leave the legal department.
Their relationship was contrary to the company's newly introduced policy that prohibits romantic relationships between employees and their direct line manager.
By the time Blakely received the call, Drummond had taken off to become the company's Chief Legal Officer.
She decided to switch to the sales department, even though she had no experience with it, and says she had trouble with her work because of this. Blakely says she stopped, got depressed at work.
David Drummon, pictured with his wife, Elena Marimo Berek. They have an autistic son together. According to Blakely, Drummond told her that he wanted more children in 2004. Drummond and Berek are shown with an unknown child
She started to trust Drummond financially, but, she says, thought they had a committed relationship because he was with her and her son & # 39; withdrawn & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I was confident that he loved us and would protect us, so I left Google and signed all the documents they needed because I too wanted to protect him & she said.
The couple continued to live together and in 2008, Blakely says they were attending a dinner with other Google managers in Palo Alto when she went home to look after their sick son.
She claims that another Google employee called her that night to say that Drummond with two female legal assistants had disappeared and had brought them to San Francisco for the night.
& # 39; Don't expect me back. I'll never come back. & # 39;
How Drummond would have decided with Blakely about text
She says she sent him a text message asking him what time he would be home, and he reportedly replied: “Don't expect me back. I'll never come back. & # 39;
Blakely claims it was the end of their relationship.
& # 39; & # 39; Hell & # 39; is not starting to capture my life since that day. For the past 11 years I have adopted one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world. From that fateful night, David did things exclusively on his terms.
& # 39; Because I had no job, no story, I didn't have a leg to stand up for.
& # 39; David would go on for months or even years on end and completely ignore my pleas to see his son – not even as much as an SMS to us, even though he lived about a mile away, & # 39; she wrote.
Blakely claims that he then tried to take their son out of her care and let him and his alienated wife raise him, even though they lived in separate houses.
She says that the couple resolved their dispute over child custody and child support in 2011.
Drummond had meanwhile & # 39; affairs & # 39; with his assistant at Google and another woman with whom Blakely had collaborated, she claimed.
I experienced it firsthand and I believe that the culture of a company, its behavior patterns, start at the top. We rarely hear what happens to women after being forced out of their jobs, but I can tell you what happened to me
She claims that he & # 39; for years & # 39; would ignore her pleas to see their son and only visit him at Blakely's home on his terms & conditions.
She claims that during one of these visits in 2014 he compared himself to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whose promiscuity is well documented, and said that he and his & # 39; privilege & # 39; was to live the way he wanted, with his & # 39; personal life & # 39; remains prohibited for her.
Blakely did not share her story even when she was contacted by & # 39; various reporters & # 39; in the middle of the # MeToo frenzy, she said.
She now says that Drummond made her treatment by Google possible.
& # 39; I experienced it firsthand and I believe that the culture of a company, its behavior patterns, start at the top. We rarely hear what happens to women after they have been forced out of their jobs, but I can tell you what happened to me, & she wrote.
Drummond and his wife arranged their divorce last October. He served in 2017.
The couple was photographed for years at public events after Blakely said she started her affair.
Google did not immediately respond to its claims on Thursday.
Blakely told her story earlier in a New York Times article describing an in-depth culture of double standards at the company.
It inspired 20,000 employees to leave the company last year.
Drummond earned $ 48 million at Google last year despite the allegations. Although his salary is $ 650,000, he takes in millions of shares every year.
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