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 headed Marvel for a brief, disastrous period in 1996, before ankling the gig for NBC.

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.


  1. Yeah, I mean it sounds like he’s a creepy dude, but unless his textual advances were unwanted, I’m not sure he’s done anything that warrants being fired. Just sounds like his privacy was violated in an enormously embarrassing way, with severe implications for his livelihood.

  2. most corporations have morals clauses for their executives…and if the press is true, he has legal grounds to go after the couple that tried to extort him…i imagine he’ll just want it to disappear though

  3. I can’t believe that The Beat posted this story before Bleeding Cool got to it! Isn’t this more like BC turf?

  4. It’s not really a ‘lady on the side’ when he’s a single.
    I don’t think it’s that big a deal. But, if his résumé is any indication, he’s kinda bounced around and maybe the powers that be were looking for any reason to fire him.

  5. “most corporations have morals clauses for their executives…”

    Not because they want people with morals, but because the company doesn’t want the bad publicity….

  6. “ladies on the side”? If the guy’s a “single dad”, I don’t think that’s really warranted. To be honest, “scandal” is a wee bit harsh here, imo :)

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