SAN FRANCISCO – the University of California regent, who was caught on tape last year, the questions of an employee if her breasts has decided to resign amid growing calls that he step down.
Regent Norman J. Pattiz, in a letter dated Thursday to Regents Chair George Keiffer say that after 16 years on the board he would retire in February.
His letter, which was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, no mention of the sexual harassment accusation.
Keiffer responded in a letter that thanked Pattiz for the announcement of his resignation, adding that “after so many years, you deserve a break.”
Pattiz is the founder of America’s largest radio network, Westwood One and the CEO of Tennis Entertainment Group, producer of radio and podcasts.
The controversy became public in October 2016, when comedian Heather McDonald broadcast comments that Pattiz had done to her while taping a podcast commercial in May 2016, for a memory-foam-bra.
She flubbed some of her lines, and Pattiz asked, “may I hold your breasts? Would that help?” and showed his hands, saying: “These are memory foam.”
Pattiz then apologized for the remarks and said they were meant as a joke.
The University of California’s new guidelines on sexual harassment for the board of directors in response to the outrage over Pattiz’ behavior. Under that policy, all regents are now required to take the university course in sexual harassment prevention, such as employees at UC’s 10 campuses.
Students breathed new life into calls for his resignation in recent weeks as women across the country have spoken out about sexual misconduct by powerful men. Students protested in a November UC Regents meeting, demanding he be removed.
Earlier this month, a number of regents, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom raised questions about whether the board of Regents were treated to light with Pattiz.