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December 11, 2017

Rubin Returns to Essential Products After Report of Improper Conduct

Android creator Andy Rubin is back at the helm of his company, Essential Products, after taking a less-than-two week leave amid rumors of misconduct during his time with Google.

Rubin ended his personal leave on Friday, according to a report from Recode.  Although the CEO and founder of Essential Products has only said the leave was due to “personal reasons,” the announcement of that leave coincided with an article The Information published about an alleged “inappropriate relationship” with a woman who worked under him while at Google.

Rubin, according to the report, left Google shortly after an investigation determined he had had an “inappropriate relationship” with a female subordinate. The investigation was apparently launched after the woman involved filed a complaint with Google’s human relations department.

Rubin and his company have denied any wrongdoing.

“Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual,” spokesman Mike Sitrick said. “Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since.”

Despite being on leave from Essential Products, Rubin was still able to come into the office because his Smartphone company shares space with his venture capital firm, Playground Global. He is now back to working at both companies.

Rubin started both Essential Products and Playground Global in 2015 in Palo Alto, Calif. Essential Products unveiled Essential, the company’s first Smartphone, in May.