Assault charges against Gravity Payments founder and former CEO Dan Price have been dismissed.
Price was charged with fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation over an incident with a woman he met with to discuss “professional matters,” according to The Seattle Times. Prosecutors alleged that Price grabbed the woman’s throat when she refused to kiss him and then grabbed it again when they were in his car and drove recklessly.
The charges against Price have been dismissed, with “proof” problems being given as the reason.
“It is shocking that the police referred this case to the prosecutor for criminal charges without conducting any follow-up investigation, interviewing any witnesses other than the complainant, or even asking Mr. Price what happened,” defense attorney Mark Middaugh said in a statement.
For his part, Price shared the news via Twitter, promising to ‘engage on economic justice issues.’
Price is well-known for reducing his own salary to $70,000 when he was CEO of Gravity Payments while simultaneously raising the minimum wage for his employees to the same amount.