Celebrated architect with NJ roots accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

Celebrated architect with NJ roots accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

Celebrated architect with NJ roots accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

Two of the women who worked for him said Meier exposed himself to them when they were sent to his NY apartment.

"I am deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts of several women who were offended by my words and actions", he said.

As a result of the claims, Meier will take a leave of absence, leaving four associate partners-Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, Bernhard Karpf, and Dukho Yeon-to manage operations at the firm's NY headquarters.

In a statement made in response to the allegations, Meier told the Times that his recollections of their stories "differ", adding, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my behavior".

Meier won the coveted Pritzker Prize in 1984 and was awarded a gold medal in architecture from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008. Alexis Zamlich, who did not speak to the Times due to a confidentiality agreement, received $150,000 to settle her claims that Meier exposed himself to her at his apartment, the paper reported.

A third woman said in an interview with The Times that Meier grabbed her underwear through her dress at a firm holiday party, and a fourth said he asked her to undress at his apartment so she could be photographed.

Accuser Trimble Elbogen, 26, said the then-75-year-old Meier invited her to his apartment in 2009, where he plied her with wine and showed her photos of nude women before asking her to undress so he could snap some photos.

Carol Vena-Mondt, a furniture designer who worked on the Getty in the 1980s, said she was invited by Meier to what she thought was a dinner party, but she turned out to be the only guest. He eventually tried to kiss her, which she resisted, before allegedly yanking her down a hallway, pushing her onto his bed and climbing on top of her, she said. She pushed him away and ran to her auto. In South Florida, he designed the Four Seasons Private Residences at the Surf Club.

With Meier taking a six-month leave, four associate partners will manage day-to-day operations of the NY headquarters: Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, Bernhard Karpf and Dukho Yeon. Michael Palladino, a partner and head of the company's Los Angeles office, will oversee all of the firm's operations and projects.