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BuzzFeed has fired White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo on Wednesday for sending inappropriate messages to a colleague, the company said.
The company did not elaborate on the nature of the texts but a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that Carrasquillo, who has been with the company since 2013, sent an inappropriate group text to the employee as well as a number of other colleagues. He had previously warned about his behavior a month and a half ago.
BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal told TheWrap in a statement: “In responding to a complaint filed last week by an employee, we learned that Adrian violated our Code of Conduct by sending an inappropriate message to a colleague. This followed a recent reminder about our prohibition against inappropriate communications. We are saddened by these circumstances, but we take these issues extremely seriously. We’re committed to ensuring that BuzzFeed remains a place where everyone is treated respectfully by his or her peers.”
BuzzFeed began an investigation into several of its employees after their names appeared on the now-infamous “S—-y Media Men,” a recent Google spreadsheet listed with unverified allegations against men in the media, which also included Carrasquillo, according to Business Insider.
Messages to Carrasquillo over Twitter went unanswered Wednesday.