Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg’s former personal security chief has again been accused of racist and s3xist workplace conduct, a year after he stepped down in the face of similar claims.
Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent who once served in President Barack Obama’s personal protection detail, resigned from Zuckerberg’s family office in 2019 following a probe into s3xual harassment and racism complaints.
Now, three former and current staffers at the secretive family office, called West Street, have leveled fresh claims against Booth in sworn statements reported by Business Insider.
A spokesperson for Zuckerberg said that an outside investigation had found nothing to substantiate the allegations, calling them the baseless claims of disgruntled ex-employees seeking a legal payday.
There have been no accusations of misconduct leveled at either Mark Zuckerberg or his wife personally. The allegations also do not relate to Facebook’s workplace.
The new declarations alleging workplace misconduct were drawn up by the office of celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing two former West Street employees in legal action against their former employer.
West Street manages the personal affairs of Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, including maintaining their sprawling estate in Hawaii and hiring nannies, chefs, and other household staff.
The newly revealed declarations accuse Booth, who headed up Zuckerberg’s personal security, of shocking workplace behavior, according to Business Insider.
In one, a former senior manager of executive protection alleged that Booth told him Black Lives Matter movement was a ‘terrorist organiZation,’ and described a female worker, who is black, as a ‘ghetto b***h,’ a ‘hoodrat,’ and a ‘c**t.’
In another declaration, a female security worker said that Booth ‘stated that he was “tired of all the Black Lives Matter bulls**t,”‘ and that he ‘often used the word “n*****” to label African Americans.’
Additionally, she alleged that Booth disparaged Chan, who is Asian, calling her ‘a bad driver while deliberately making his eyes narrower.
She also claimed that Booth ‘balked against Priscilla Chan’s goal that the workforce be more diverse and employ more people of color.’
All three of the workers claimed in the declarations to have heard Booth make anti-gay remarks.
An administrative staffer said Booth ‘made homophobic jokes’ at the expense of a gay staffer, while the former senior manager of executive protection and the female security worker each said they heard him use the slur ‘f*g.’
In prior demand letters sent by Bloom’s law firm, Booth was also accused of slapping the crotch and groping the buttocks of a gay staffer at a July 2018 event.
The female administrative staffer said in her declaration that she was present at the event, and that she ‘did observe Mr. Booth place his hands on [that staffer’s] buttocks that night.’
‘[He] told me that the nonconsensual touching made him uncomfortable,’ she said of the gay staffer. She also alleged that Booth sexually harassed her that evening, wrapping his arm around her waist and sexually propositioning her.
Of the three declarations, two were signed by former West Street employees, and one by a current West Street employee.
Zuckerberg’s personal spokesman, Ben LaBolt, told Business Insider that the current employee, the administrative staffer, had recanted some of the allegations in her declaration.
Last year, Booth resigned after an investigation into alleged workplace transgressions.
At the time, Booth was accused of making racist comments such as ‘white lives matter more than black lives’.