Microsoft executive watched ‘VR porn’ in front of subordinates: report

Microsoft executive watched ‘VR porn’ in front of subordinates: report

A top executive at Microsoft watched “VR porn” in front of his subordinates in the office, according to a new report. 

The executive, virtual reality chief Alex Kipman, allegedly watched a sexy pillow fight involving young women in skimpy clothing in front of a half-dozen staffers, Insider reported.

A screen in the room reportedly displayed the frisky video while Kipman was watching it on a virtual reality headset.

The staffers were baffled and two of them walked out of the room, according to the outlet. One employee who was at the meeting told Insider that Kipman watching what they described as “VR porn” made people “incredibly uncomfortable.” 

“It was in the office, in front of women,” the employee said. 

Insider reported that the incident took place several years after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pledged in 2014 to clean up Microsoft’s culture and crack down on “talented jerks.” 

Nadella’s pledge took on new urgency after reports emerged last year alleging decades of pervy workplace behavior by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. 

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The Microsoft executive allegedly watched a frisky pillow fight in virtual reality.
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Gates was accused of lying on top of a woman at a company event in 1988, sending flirtatious and “inappropriate” emails to a female Microsoft employee in 2007 and even having an affair with another female Microsoft employee. Gates’ wife Melinda announced they were splitting last year, with Melinda accusing Bill of cheating and breaking her trust

After reports of Gates’ alleged behavior emerged last year, Nadella insisted that the company had changed, saying, “The Microsoft of 2021 is very different from the Microsoft of 2000.” 

But Insider’s report alleges that Nadella has overlooked pervy behavior by executives including Kipman. 

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Microsoft employees allegedly compiled a report with dozens of allegations of misconduct against Kipman.
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When employees last year compiled a report with dozens of allegations of misconduct against Kipman, the company took no disciplinary action against the VR chief, according to the report. 

Sources told the outlet that people like Kipman have long been considered “Golden Boys” that have long been protected by executives including Gates and former CEO Steve Ballmer. 

“When they are golden, nothing can be done against them,” an ex-Microsoft executive told the outlet. “The person believes they are untouchable and can do anything they want. You might as well swallow the abuse.”

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company told Insider that it was “unaware of any reports” about Kipman watching frisky videos in virtual reality. 

“Every reported claim we receive is investigated, and for every claim found substantiated there is clear action taken,” the company said. “This disciplinary action can range from termination, to demotion, loss of pay or bonus, official reprimand, mandatory training, coaching, or combination of some of these.”

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