(Repeats story initially published late on Sunday)
* Jodie Fisher says "saddened" Hurd lost job
* Fisher has resolved claim against Hurd
(Recasts, incorporates material about Hurd accuser)
By Gabriel Madway
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 8 The woman whose sexual
harassment accusation against Mark Hurd led to his ouster as
chief executive of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N) came forward on
Sunday, saying she never intended for Hurd to lose his job.
Jodie Fisher, a former actress who appeared on an NBC
reality TV show in 2007, revealed her identity for the first
time through a statement released by her attorney, Gloria
"I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job
over this," said Fisher, 50. "That was never my intention."
Hurd's resignation, announced Friday, stunned the business
world. HP accused him of falsifying expense reports to conceal
a "close personal relationship" with Fisher. [ID:nN06147588]
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In the company's first public comments in two days, HP said
on Sunday it has received an "extremely supportive" response
from investors following the ouster of Hurd, one of the most
widely admired CEOs in the world. [ID:nN08223483]
The saga began in late June when Fisher leveled a sexual
harassment charge against Hurd. She worked as a contractor for
HP from late 2007 through 2009.
An HP investigation found no violation of the company's
sexual harassment policy, but turned up inaccurate expense
reports filed by Hurd or on his behalf, and instances where
Fisher received compensation for no legitimate business
purpose, HP has said.
Fisher, who is not married and has a son, said Sunday she
has resolved her claim against Hurd privately, but did not
provide any further details. She said she did not have an
affair with Hurd.
Fisher has worked in commercial real estate, as a
saleswoman, and appeared in movies such as "Blood Dolls" and
"Sheer Passion" in the 1990s, according to the website
imdb.com. Most recently, Fisher appeared on the NBC reality
show "Age of Love," which aired in 2007.
She has also worked on the House Select Committee on
Narcotics Abuse and Control, according to Allred.
"At HP, I was under contract to work at high-level customer
and executive summit events held around the country and
abroad," Fisher said. "I prepared for those events, worked very
hard and enjoyed working for HP."
HP on Sunday made a public effort to put the controversy
behind it and move forward.
Interim CEO Cathie Lesjak said HP has been transparent on
the circumstances surrounding Hurd's departure, but declined to
comment further on the matter. Sources close to Hurd's camp
have disputed HP's account of events. [ID:nN07226290]
Lesjak said key investors and customers have supported the
company's action, and understand that the Hurd was just one
part of a talented team.
"One thing changed in this company on Friday and that was
the CEO left," Lesjak said on a conference call with the media.
"The rest of the company has not changed."
"At the end of the day, the investors that I've talked to
were confident that we've made the right decision," she said.
Shares fell 10 percent in extended trading Friday, after
the announcement of Hurd's resignation was made.
Lesjak, who has taken herself out of consideration for the
CEO job, said the search committee is moving as swiftly as it
can to identify a new leader for HP.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Diane Craft and