It’s official: Charlie Walk will not appear in the finale of Fox’s musical competition show The Four. His attorney Patricia Glaser released a statement on Walk’s behalf confirming the news Deadline heard was coming:

“Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four. I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest.” – Charlie Walk

Walk won’t appear on the show’s season finale, which airs February 8 at 8 PM.

In a story that just broke on Variety, Republic Records Group President Charlie Walk has been placed on leave in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations levied against him in a bombshell open letter posted Monday by Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith, with whom he worked at Columbia Records several years ago.
In a statement, Republic Records said, “Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully. We have retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of this matter and have encouraged anyone who has relevant information to speak to the firm’s investigators. Mr. Walk has been placed on leave, and will remain in leave for the duration of the investigation.” Walk is also a judge on the Fox singing competition, The Four, which is scheduled to tape a new episode next week.
In Coopersmith’s lengthy letter, which is posted on her website, lifelabhb.com, she details daily meetings with Walk and conversations peppered with lewd and suggestive comments that made her feel “sick to my stomach.” She also describes an encounter with Walk during which, Coopersmith alleges, “You cornered me and pushed me into your bedroom and onto your bed. The bed you shared with your wife.”
In a statement provided to Variety after the allegations became public, Walk commented, “It is very upsetting to learn of this untrue allegation made by someone who worked with me 15 years ago, without incident. There has never been a single HR claim against me at any time during my 25+-year career, spanning three major companies. I have consistently been a supporter of the women’s movement and this is the first time I have ever heard of this or any other allegation — and it is false.”
According to a story that was just posted on Deadline.com, a second woman — a former UMG marketing executive who worked with Walk — has also come forward in recent days, alleging that Walk sent her sexually explicit photos and videos of himself and attempted to lure her into a hotel room. The exchange, she said, followed years of voyeuristic behavior and uncomfortable remarks made in front of colleagues at Republic Records. The woman requested anonymity because she still works in the recording industry and does not want her name associated with Walk’s conduct.