Okay he was only the head of Marvel for six months during Ron Perelman’s murky march to bankruptcy—in fact he was the guy in charge when Marvel filed—but former Marvel CEO Scott Sassa has been canned from his current gig at Hearst after steamy texts from a Las Vegas stripper showed up somewhere they shouldn’t.
“She was texting him sexy pictures, and he was responding using words you absolutely would not want your bosses to see,” a source said, adding, “He was also communicating with many other girls in New York, and wrote crazy things to them.”
But the LA stripper, helped by a boyfriend, then tried to blackmail Sassa — a single father of two daughters — saying she’d expose their raunchy messages if he didn’t give her money. A second source said, “She made a list of demands.”
When Sassa didn’t pay up, the boyfriend e-mailed the sex-text exchanges to horrified Hearst honchos, including CEO Frank Bennack Jr., Hearst Magazines president David Carey and Michael Clinton, president of marketing for the magazines.
Poor Scott Sassa. Doesn’t EVERY CEO send racy texts to their ladies on the side? He got caught doing what every school girl and school boy in the nation does.
Sassa’s other jobs over the years include CEO at Friendster, president at the Turner Entertainment Group, president and COO at Andrews Group and a job at Fox that ended badly. How does a person get to be CEO of so many troubled companies? That is a mystery of the finance world. On the plus side, he did greenlight Freaks and Geeks, so he was put here for a reason.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.