National Enquirer editor, aka ‘Dildo,’ accused of sex abuse

One wonders whether National Enquirer honcho Dylan Howard will keep his job now that he’s been accused of sexual misconduct.

Or what Richard Simmons, who famously sued the magazine over its sex-related reports about him, is thinking?

Howard’s name wasn’t a household world until Tuesday when the Associated Press reported that the chief content officer of American Media Inc. (which owns tabloids including the Enquirer and Us Weekly) was known to have talked about his sex life and female employees’ sex lives when he worked at the company’s Los Angeles office.

With a self-proclaimed nickname of “Dildo,” he also allegedly forced women to watch or listen to pornographic material.

Howard left AMI after it investigated his behavior in 2012 — but, get this, he was rehired with a promotion. Now working in New York, he became editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer in 2014.

In October, he became chief content officer of the AMI Celebrity Group; at the time, the company’s CEO David J. Pecker called him “a driving force” behind the group’s recent success.

In a statement to Huffington Post, AMI called the accusations against Howard “baseless.”

Among the few women gave their names in complaints about Howard were Maxine “Max” Page and Liz Crokin, who were laid off during downsizing; they went public when leaked emails showed Howard worked with Harvey Weinstein to discredit Weinstein’s sexual assault victims.

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— Staff, wire report

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