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Google Cloud employee fired over domestic violence allegations

Siddhant Pandey
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Google Cloud employee fired over domestic violence allegations
Google Cloud employee fired over domestic violence allegations

01 Aug 2020: Google Cloud employee fired over domestic violence allegations

Alphabet Inc. has reportedly fired a Google Cloud employee after allegations of domestic violence surfaced against him.

The employee, Bret McGowen, used to work at the Google Cloud's third-party software developers.

McGowen's girlfriend, Brittany Richards, had leveled allegations of domestic violence on social media. Richards said the violence had lasted for two years while she was dating McGowen.

Here are more details.

Details: We were horrified: Google spokesperson

According to The Information, Alphabet has terminated McGowen's employment. A company spokesperson told the publication, "Like everyone, we were horrified by the images and videos we saw this week and took immediate action. We can confirm this person no longer works at Google."

The decision came after Richards started sharing photos, videos, and accounts from the alleged assault on Twitter.

Quote: McGowen allegedly told Richards 'Go kill yourself'

Richards said, "Since February 2019—the first time the police were called... I've been subjected to a nightmare."

She added, "I've navigated mental, verbal, and physical abuse, weekly, if not every other day of my life at the hands of the man who continued to tell me he wanted us to be 'partners' but in the same sentence, told me things like, 'Go kill yourself'..."

Fact: 'I didn't deserve this. No woman does'

Allegations: McGowen was once arrested for domestic battery, bodily harm

On Twitter, Richards had shared Chicago Police Department records showing McGowen's arrest in November 2019 for domestic battery and bodily harm.

In a series of tweets, she also shared photos of her injuries and videos where McGowen apparently admitted to some of the allegations of violence.

In one such video, McGowen apparently apologizes for "beating [Richards'] face into a wall."

Fact: You can watch the video here

Fact: 'McGowen hid in Chelsea NYC office to evade cops'

Tweeting at Google Cloud Platform, Richards wrote, "Bret McGowen is YOUR public representative for Serverless. This is the chat transcript where he hid in the Chelsea NYC office to evade cops and the black eye he gave me for MY PHONE CODE BEING OLD."

Fact: Here's the tweet

Fact: 'Domestic abusers not welcome in Serverless community'

Ant Stanley, who is the co-founder of the ServerlessDays series of global events, wrote on Twitter, "Effective immediately Bret McGowen from @GCPcloud is banned from all ServerlessDays events. Domestic abusers are not welcome in the Serverless community."

Quote: Will never get a normal life again: Richards

Richards continued on Twitter, "I was sexually and physically assaulted by a man who continued to repeat that he loved me and he just couldn't get control."

She wrote, "I want a life where I don't have to watch my dad openly sob because he couldn't protect his daughter... I want a NORMAL life and I'll NEVER get that again."