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Former soft porn actress implicated in Hurd's downfall

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A former soft-core porn actress and reality game show contestant has been identified as the one-time marketing contractor at HP whose relationship with CEO Mark Hurd led to his downfall.

Fifty-year old Jodie Fisher has revealed she was "surprised and saddened" that Hurd lost his job, following an investigation into sexual harassment claims she made in June, which were found to be unproved but revealed a series of falsified expense claims.

In a statement, Fisher - who has appeared in movies including Blood Dolls and Sheer Passion - denied having an "affair or intimate sexual relationship" with HP's boss during her work for the CEO's office from late 2007 to 2009 at customer and executive events.

"I have resolved my claim with Mark privately, without litigation, and I do not intend to comment on it further," said Fisher, adding, "I wish Mark, his family and HP the best".

HP's investigation started on 29 June after it received Fisher's allegations of sexual misconduct but actually discovered numerous inaccurate expense claims from Hurd, which he used to conceal from the board his relationship with the contractor.

Aside from her colourful movie work, Fisher has also appeared on US reality TV show Age of Love in which she and other contestants vied for the affections of tennis ace Mark Philippoussis. She has a degree in Political Science from Texas Tech.

Hurd said it has been a "painful decision" to leave HP after five years at the helm but that he realised there were "instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP".

He enjoyed a salary of $17m a year at HP and has received a severance package worth $12.2m in cash and a further $16m worth of stock options.

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