A top Apple executive has left the company after making rude remarks about fondling women’s breasts in a viral TikTok video.
Apple’s vice president of procurement Tony Blevins has left the company, CNBC reported Thursday, citing an Apple official. He was responsible for forging deals with suppliers and partners to lower the cost of many of the computer parts used in Apple’s mobile devices.
Blevin’s departure from Apple comes after a TikTok video posted September 5 by user Daniel Mac, known for asking questions of people in expensive cars, went viral. In the video, Blevins was seen getting out of his Mercedes-Benz sports car when Mac asked him what he did for a living.
“I race cars, play golf and caress women with big breasts. But I do take weekends and major holidays off,” Blevins said, later adding that he has a “damn good dental schedule.”
The TikTok video, which has 142,000 likes and 1,909 shares at the time of writing, was captured at a car show Blevins attended on August 18 in Pebble Beach, California. His comments in the clip alluded to a line from the 1981 film Arthur: “I race cars, play tennis and fondle women, but I have weekends off and I’m my own boss.”
After the video went viral, several Apple employees who were part of the company’s operations and procurement teams reported Blevins’ comments. This prompted Apple to launch an internal investigation into the matter. Blevins was later fired from the company. Blevins confirmed the incident in an interview with Bloomberg.
“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to anyone who has been offended by my erroneous attempt at humor,” Blevins said.
Blevins’ team, which had about half a dozen direct reports and hundreds of collaborators, is being led temporarily by Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. It is unclear who will take over the post permanently.
Before he left, Blevins was one of just 100 people who reported directly to either Williams or Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer. Bloomberg noted that it was William’s decision that Apple and Blevins part ways, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.
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