CHELSEA has fired their commercial director over allegations of sexual harassment and X-rated tweets – just two weeks after he hired him.
The Blues confirmed Damian Willoughby’s resignation after financial broker Catalina Kim provided “proof of inappropriate messaging”.
The Telegraph says Kim produced lyrics showing Willoughby asking if she was naked and introducing sex as the subject, while also posting an allegedly sexually explicit video.
She also said he suggested he arrange a meeting with Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano if she agreed to be “naughty”.
Chelsea sacked Willoughby after Kim warned club president Tom Glick about behavior dating back to before he was appointed as a senior executive earlier in September.
The Blues told the Telegraph: “Chelsea Football Club confirms it has terminated the employment of Commercial Director Damian Willoughby with immediate effect.
Evidence of inappropriate messages sent by Mr Willoughby prior to his appointment to Chelsea FC earlier this month has recently been delivered to the club and investigated.
“While they were directed prior to his employment with the Club, such behavior is absolutely contrary to the work environment and corporate culture established by the new owner of the Club.”
Kim is chief executive of C&P Sports Group and has signed multimillion-pound deals between European giants such as champions City and Spurs.
The Telegraph says they saw her text messages with Willoughby, which show she repeatedly rejected him, reminding him that he is married.
He first worked at Stamford Bridge between 2007 and 2010, but reportedly first met Kim in 2015 when he was involved with Man City.
Then, this summer, she was linked with bids to buy Chelsea, while he was keen to back a rival consortium – before Todd Boehly won the takeover battle.
Glick told her that Willoughby was Chelsea’s new commercial director and that they met on September 1.
Afterwards, Kim expressed concerns with Glick – first about his efforts to attract investment for a bid to buy Chelsea, but then about his past behaviour.
Obviously, she hadn’t spoken out about his behavior sooner, as she had hoped not to work with him again.
Kim previously told The Telegraph: “I can confirm that I have made a complaint to Tom Glick about Damian Willoughby’s general conduct for two years, including his recent threatening phone call to me.
“I am convinced that this is not a work environment and corporate culture that a Premier League club would tolerate.”
Willoughby’s lawyers declined to comment, The Telegraph reported.