The sudden resignation of “$70,000 CEO” Dan Price from the helm of Gravity Payments this week came as he faced a fresh allegation of allegedly raping a woman, according to a sizzling Friday report.
Price, who made international headlines after cutting his own salary to $70,000 while raising the company’s minimum wage, resigned as CEO this week after it was reported that he grabbed a 26-year-old woman by the throat after she had turned down his advances.
However, according to a report, Price arrived shortly after he was contacted for a response to a rape allegation.
Police in Palm Springs, California have recommended that Price be charged with raping a drugged victim. The executive has not yet been charged in connection with the alleged incident.
Kacie Margis, a model and artist, told the New York Times that she and Price had been dating for about three months when the alleged rape happened while on a trip to Palm Springs. Price allegedly booted Margis out of her hotel room for hours so he could take a call, even though she was only wearing a bikini and a cover-up.
Later that day, Price reportedly got angry when she rebuffed his attempt to kiss her.
“He said it was so hard for him to be in the world because of his intelligence,” Margis said.
After their argument, Margis returned to the hotel room and took some edible cannabis. Price allegedly entered the room and attempted to initiate sex, but she rebuffed him.
Margis told police that as she fell asleep, she felt Price enter her, even after she rebuffed his advances. She “feared he would kill her if she tried to stop him,” according to the New York Times.
“Did you just rape me?” Margis said she asked Price, who denied assaulting her.
Margis wrote to a friend that she was “shaking so bad and could hardly speak.” She added that Price “looked dead in my eyes and said what I know happened didn’t happen.”
The New York Times said its report was based on Margis’ account, the police report on the incident, and interviews with three people she contacted shortly after the alleged rape.
The model said she first heard about Price in 2020 after coming across his viral social media posts advocating for workers’ rights and corporate responsibility. When she liked one of Price’s Instagram posts in 2020, he texted her, “Happy Valentine’s Day Beautiful!”
Margis told the New York Times that she initially ignored the message but eventually responded early last year. The two began talking regularly, and Price eventually flew Margis to Seattle to meet him.
When contacted by The New York Times about the rape allegation, Price denied any wrongdoing and said he “never physically or sexually abused anyone.”
He added that “the other allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women in this story are simply false.”
The Post has reached out to Price and Gravity Payments for comment.
Price alluded to the allegations against him in a resignation statement earlier this week.
“My number one priority is getting our people to work for the best company in the world, but being here has become a distraction,” Price said. “I must also step away from these duties to fully focus on combating false allegations being leveled at me. I do not go anywhere.”
Price, who has garnered a huge following on social media while promoting workers’ rights, is now facing multiple misconduct allegations.
The Times report includes another allegation from a Seattle-based fitness trainer named Serena Jowers, who claims Price started watching porn during their third date and later pressured her into sex.
Jowers and three other women who spoke to the Times claimed he filmed them without consent.
Another woman, identified only as Price’s former girlfriend, claimed that he had sex with her multiple times in the middle of the night without her consent.
The report also includes other bombshell allegations — including a claim that an idea that allegedly came from Gravity’s employees to buy Price a Tesla as a thank you for his worker-first policy actually came from one of the CEO’s top lieutenants.
Additionally, Price reportedly tapped a ghost writer, Mike Rosenberg, to help build his social media brand.
Price was charged with assault and reckless driving earlier this year after he allegedly tried to kiss the woman after a business meeting and then grabbed her throat as she blocked his advances.
After the alleged altercation, Price allegedly performed “donuts” in his Tesla while she was still in the car, according to the Seattle Times. Price pleaded not guilty to the charges in May and has denied any wrongdoing.
In 2015, Bloomberg reported that Price’s ex-wife, Kristie Colon, gave a TEDx talk in which, without naming Price, she claimed he physically assaulted her.
Price rose to fame in 2015 after declaring he would cut his own salary from $1 million to $70,000. The tech CEO said the money would allow him to increase Gravity Payments’ minimum wage from $48,000 to $70,000 over three years.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/19/70000-ceo-dan-price-accused-of-raping-model-as-she-tried-to-sleep/ ‘$70,000’ CEO Dan Price has been accused of raping a model while she was trying to sleep