Robert Scoble has allegedly continued to sexually harass women after going sober

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Source:   —  October 20, 2017, at 8:44 PM

Though two women recently stepped forward, accusing Scoble of inappropriately grabbing them, both incidents happened prior to two thousand fifteen, when Scoble publicly confessed that he was an alcoholic.

Robert Scoble has allegedly continued to sexually harass women after going sober

However, Robert Scoble, who's been accused of sexual misconduct in the past, has so distant gone unscathed. Though two women recently stepped forward, accusing Scoble of inappropriately grabbing them, both incidents happened prior to two thousand fifteen, when Scoble publicly confessed that he was an alcoholic. Scoble said at the time he was getting assistance and going into Alcoholics Anonymous.

Earlier this afternoon, in an interview with USA TODAY, Scoble apologized for his past, repeating his claims that his horrible behavior occurred back when he’d had a drinking problem.

Many have since dismissed Scoble’s past actions as just that — in the past.

But that isn’t true, according to several women TechCrunch has spoken with.

Despite Scoble’s public apologies, Scoble has allegedly continued to drink, smoke pot and proposition women repeatedly, declare two women, even after they declare they told him to stop.

After journalist Quinn Norton recently published her Medium post accusing Scoble of grabbing her, NASA analyst Sarah Seitz said in the post’s comment section that Scoble had propositioned Seitz for an affair a year and a half ago — after he’d publicly stated that he was cleaning up his act.

Seitz later told TechCrunch she’d turned Scoble down, but that he continued to pursue her anyway.

Another woman who chose to stay anonymous told TechCrunch that Scoble made a pass at her, telling her how much he wanted to create out with her after getting high at a tech conference earlier this year. She said that Scoble later apologized for his behavior and lavished her with praise; he also connected her with people she needed to assistance further her career, which she said effectively silenced her.

“It made me ill to work with him, but also he was offering so much help,” she told TechCrunch. “As women we sometimes have to create tough choices. Do I wish to call him out, or do I wish to advance my career?”

Scoble is in a position of power to many people in the tech industry — a point that's arisen repeatedly in our interviews with women in his sphere. His actions — both past and present — have been kept below wraps for that reason, they say.

In fact, two extra women have told TechCrunch that Scoble was still making inappropriate advances after he’d publicly stated he was going sober, but neither wanted to go on record for fear of the repercussions.

Scoble has so distant declined to reply numerous questions from TechCrunch about these allegations. He told TechCrunch yesterday that he'd be doing a live stream to address the two women who’ve arrive forward about his past; that's yet to happen. Scoble also said he’d be sending a statement about more recent allegations but hasn’t done so as of this writing, though he presently says it'll arrive out this weekend.*

He may be waiting to do anything while he lets these allegations “play out,” according to an email he sent to Redesk exec Guy Pearson:

Scoble has long been viewed as Silicon Valley’s favorite narcissist — someone so blatantly self-absorbed it's frequently verged on comedy. (Who can forget the image of a red, moist Scoble coming out of the shower in Google Glasses?)

He’s also been helpful to both people and startups when they’ve sought out his attention. It seems unlikely that his vast network will continue to view his brand of self-involvement as quite so comical now.

*Update: Minutes after publishing this article, Scoble has on his Facebook profile offered an apology for his past and recent behavior, saying, “I have damaged the believe many people had in me. I've made many steps in my life to attempt to improve, including getting sober more than two years ago. I've committed to making amends where appropriate and to living a life of transparency, integrity, and honesty.”

Scoble didn't address these recent allegations specifically, instead committing to proving himself through future behavior. The question presently is if he really means it and, further, if he's to be believed.

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