VC Shervin Pishevar takes leave of absence amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, notable for his backing of Uber, is taking a leave of absence from Sherpa Capital, Virgin Hyperloop One, and his duties on other boards of directors amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault, he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Backstory: Last week, multiple women accused Pishevar of unwanted touching and other inappropriate behavior. Earlier in November, Axios and other outlets reported that in May, Pishevar was arrested for alleged rape at a London luxury hotel, but was not ultimately charged. He filed a lawsuit against a U.S. political opposition research firm, Definers Public Affairs, claiming the company is engaging in a smear campaign against him. Definers denies the allegations.