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Barnes & Noble Details Alleged Harassment by Ousted CEO

Demos Parneros in 2011.
Demos Parneros in 2011.

Photographer: Paul Taggart/Bloomberg

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Barnes & Noble Inc. ratcheted up its battle with a former chief executive officer by detailing in a court filing the reasons for his dismissal, including reports of sexual harassment and an allegation that he sabotaged an acquisition of the company.

The book store, which ousted Demos Parneros in July, initially declined to say why he’d been terminated without severance. But after Parneros sued the chain in August, alleging that Barnes & Noble founder Len Riggio made up reasons to dismiss him after a deal to sell the chain to another book retailer fell through, Barnes & Noble elaborated that his exit was related to sexual harassment and violating other company policies. A filing Tuesday goes into deeper detail.