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Netflix Says Fired Employee Was Only One to Access Leaked Dave Chappelle Data

Oct 20, 2021

Terminated employee denies that they leaked the information


In a new statement Wednesday, Netflix provided more information about the firing of an employee who it says leaked “confidential” information about the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer.”

The employee denies doing so. But Netflix said that they admitted to sharing the information from their Netflix email multiple times, and were also the only employee found to have accessed the information that was later reported by media outlets.

“While we would never normally talk about an investigation like this, these claims are not supported by the facts. This employee admitted sharing confidential information externally from their Netflix email on several occasions. Also, they were the only employee to access detailed, sensitive data on four titles that later appeared in the press. They claim only to have shared this information in an internal document, and that another employee must have leaked it. However, that document was missing data for one title and so cannot have been the source for the leak. In addition to having no explanation for this discrepancy, the employee then wiped their devices, making any further investigation impossible,” the statement said.

The employee, whose name has not been made public, was identified only as someone who is Black and pregnant by The Verge. Fired last week amid the continuing backlash over “The Closer,” over the weekend Netflix said they were let got ” for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” though Netflix acknowledgedthey “may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix.”

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