Andreev defends the parties as motivational tools for employees, and denies that they may have contributed to a hostile work culture. “I cannot call myself a party man,” he says, “but the parties have been with Badoo for years.”
A 2017 Bloomberg article alleged that women dressed in skimpy outfits and “almost-naked models” performed at Badoo parties.
“I was not really taking the Bloomberg story seriously because, strippers in the office? It’s crazy,” Andreev says. “I cannot imagine crazy stuff like what was described in Bloomberg, because this is just inappropriate.”
A video seen by The Telegraph – which shows women in police costumes dancing next to employees in the Badoo office in 2017 – sheds some light on this genesis of this suggestion. Andreev claims he commissioned an internal investigation into the claims after the story was published.
As Andreev is asked about the findings of the review, Sitrick leans towards him and says quietly: “I don’t think you want to comment on that.” Andreev declines to comment.
When told about the video of the party, Andreev sits in silence before Sitrick changes the subject.
A spokesman for Andreev later emails to say that Andreev has no comment on the law firm’s report “other than to say he is sorry that people were offended by actions at the company”.