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Maine Magazine owner leaves company amid sexual harassment allegations

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Kevin Thomas, publisher of Maine magazine, shows mock-up covers of his company's newest venture called Old Port magazine, March 26, 2014. The Portland Press Herald reports CEO and publisher of Maine Media Collective Andrea King said Monday that former Maine Magazine owner Thomas has ended his involvement with the company "effective immediately."

The parent company of Maine Magazine says it is cutting ties with its owner over 8-year-old allegations of sexual harassment.

The Portland Press Herald reports CEO and publisher of Maine Media Collective Andrea King said Monday that Maine Magazine owner Kevin Thomas has ended his involvement with the company “effective immediately.”

King says the company is looking to transfer ownership from Thomas as quickly as possible.

The announcement came shortly after Maine Magazine canceled this year’s Kennebunkport Festival.

A former designer for Maine Media Collective says Thomas kissed her without permission in 2010, then bullied her for months. The allegations were first reported by The Bollard.

Thomas acknowledged the kissing and said it was wrong, but he disputed the designer’s description of events.

He did not return calls for comment Monday.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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