Some of the facts surrounding the departure of Andy Rubin, the “father of Android,” have been reported before. Almost a year ago, Rubin took a leave of absence from Essential, a phone start-up he founded, after it was reported that his 2014 departure from Google had been prompted by an internal investigation into an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. At the time, a spokesperson for Rubin said that “any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual,” and that Rubin “was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google, and he did not, either while at Google or since.” As the Times reported Thursday, however, Google was fully aware of Rubin’s history of alleged misconduct. Although he was publicly praised by top brass when he left Google, in private, leadership reportedly asked for his resignation. According to the Times, the company’s H.R. department had investigated claims by another Google employee that Rubin coerced her into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, and found those claims to be credible.
Although Google could have fired Rubin for cause, the company instead agreed to pay him between $1.25 million and $2.5 million a month for four years, the Times reports. (The final payment goes through next month.) In exchange, Rubin agreed not to disparage Google publicly, or to work for its rivals. (In a statement to CNBC, a spokesperson for Rubin again denied the claims against him and said he left “on his own accord.”) Rubin went on to start a new venture called Playground Global, which Google invested in.