A good sixth woman has come onward to accuse venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar of sexual misconduct, alleging in an interview with Axios that the Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One executive forcibly kissed her and behaved inappropriately after a 2011 charity event.
Laura Fitton, a Boston-based entrepreneur and author, told Axios she was pushed to come forwards after Pishevar announced he would be taking a leave of absence to pursue legal action against his accusers.
Fitton alleges she and Pishevar were leaving a New York City after get together in 2011 under the pretense of meeting friends of Pishevar’s in a accommodation to order room services. When both were alone in an elevator, she says, Pishevar forcibly kissed her and she pushed him apart.
Fitton and Pishevar continued to the accommodation, where she says zero good friends ever joined them and Pishevar continued to make sexual advances.
Fitton says she after addressed that night with Pishevar, informing him it was unprofessional, but he rejected that characterization of the problem.
Pishevar, through an lawyer, told Axios he “unequivocally and categorically denies any sort of improper behavior toward Ms. Fitton.”
The executive previously faced sexual harassment claims from five women dating back to November.
Browse the full Axios interview in this article.