Before the weekend, it became known that ExxonMobil was in talks about a merger with shale oil giant Pioneer Natural Resources, in a deal valued at about $60 billion.
Several international media outlets reported on Monday that the head of ExxonMobil’s shale business, who naturally plays a central role in the Pioneer talks, was arrested on Thursday following sexual assault accusations.
David Scott was arrested at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Magnolia, near ExxonMobil’s headquarters in Spring, just north of Houston, the Montgomery Police Office said.
no Reuters or Financial Times He managed to get a comment from the 49-year-old who, according to his LinkedIn profile, has been with Exxon for 26 years. According to the first, it was not immediately clear whether Scott had obtained an attorney. It is also not known what role he played in the Pioneer talks.
He was released on bail
“We are aware of the accusations and cannot comment on a personal matter. But we can say that the person will not continue in his employment duties during the investigation. All of our employees, directors and board members are responsible for adhering to the highest standards of integrity and conduct,” ExxonMobil said in a statement on Sunday.
An employee who watched a security video told Reuters that one of the two women Scott was with left the room and called police from the hotel lobby, and the room rate was about $120 a night.
The hotel manager did not comment to the Financial Times on the arrest of Scott, who, according to police records, was released on $30,000 bail.
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