Publisher accused of two alleged assaults on his former lover and colleague, according to papers filed in NY Supreme CourtLaurence “Larry” Kirshbaum, a New York publisher hired by Amazon US to drive its ambitious book-publishing growth plans, has been accused of sexual assault in papers filed with New York’s Supreme Court.The allegations were described as “baseless” by Kirshbaum’s lawyer, Catherine Redlich.A well-known figure in New York literary circles, having been chief executive of publisher Time Warner Book Group (TWBG) until 2005, Kirshbaum has brought authors such as James Franco, star of US cult TV show Freaks and Geeks, and legendary basketball coach Bob Knight, to Amazon. The papers filed by lawyers for Teresa McCoy, an editor and project producer with whom Kirshbaum had a personal and business relationship during his time at TWBG, contain lurid details of alleged sexual assaults on two separate occasions in 2010.In a New York restaurant on 9 August 2010, the papers say, “While plaintiff [McCoy] was standing looking at different salad choices, she asked Kirshbaum what he was going to get. Instead of replying, the much physically larger Kirshbaum suddenly swooped down, grabbed her and forcibly stuck his tongue in her mouth, causing plaintiff’s neck …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books