Mark Zuckerberg’s security chief in racism row after allegedly saying Facebook boss’s wife ‘can’t drive because she’s Asian’

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Mark Zuckerberg's security chief in racism row after allegedly saying Facebook boss’s wife ‘can’t drive because she's Asian’



FACEBOOK boss Mark Zuckerberg has put his personal security chief on administrative leave amid allegations that he has said racist and homophobic things about several people including Zuckerberg’s wife.
Former household staff at the Facebook CEO’s home accused Liam Booth of making the remarks.
2 Zuckerberg and Chan have been married for seven yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Business Insider reported that letters from ex Zuckerberg household employees describe the apparent racism and homophobia.
They state that Booth, a former Secret Service agent who worked under Obama, said that he “didn’t trust black people” and “white lives matter more than black lives”.
He also apparently said that Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, is bad at driving because she is Asian.
When talking about Priscilla to household staff, Booth reportedly said “she’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision” and then pulled his eyelids to the side in a racist movement.
2 The couple have two children togetherCredit: EPA
The security chief is also accused of calling a transgender staff member “it” and sexually harassing a number of other staff.
The revealing letters describe “pervasive discriminatory conduct” and “horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery”.
Zuckerberg has been married to Chan for seven years.
They met at a University party and had a surprise wedding in 2012.
A spokesperson for the Zuckerberg and Chan family confirmed that Booth has been placed on leave while a legal investigation into the claims is conducted.
Facebook reportedly spends £17.2million to keep chief Mark Zuckerberg safe so Booth was a costly member of staff.
The spokesperson told Bloomberg News: “The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously.
“The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel.”
Apparently, two individuals have raised the claims about racism and homophobia but they have not been identified.
Both individuals said they had raised their concerns about Booth and the general treatment of staff several times but had been ignored.
High-profile law firm The Bloom Firm will be representing their case.
Who is Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook?Here’s what you need to know…

Mark Zuckerberg is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of social networking giant Facebook
Born in New York in 1984, Zuckerberg already had a “reputation as a programming prodigy” when he started college
While at Harvard, Zuckerberg launched a site called Face Mash, on which students ranked the attractiveness of their classmates
Harvard shut the site down after its popularity crashed a network and Zuckerberg later apologised saying it was “completely improper”
The following term he began working on an early version of Facebook
The 33-year-old launched the social network from his dorm room on February 4, 20o4 with the help of fellow students
The friends would end up embroiled in legal disputes as they challenged Zuckerberg for shares in the company
Zuckerberg also faced action from Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, as well as Divya Narendra who claimed he had stolen their idea – the disagreement was later turned into the film, The Social Network
The tech prodigy dropped out of Harvard to focus on Facebook, but received an honorary degree in 2017
Speaking about the site to Wired magazine in 2010 he said: “The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open”
By 2012 Facebook had one billion users. By June 2017 it had reached two billion users every month

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