Norman Hardie Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations

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WELLINGTON, Ont. — Norman Hardie has posted an open letter on his winery’s website in response to a Globe and Mail investigation in which more than 20 people cited instances of sexual harassment by Hardie.

In his letter, Hardie acknowledges his past inappropriate behaviour while denying some of the allegations made in the Globe and Mail story.

In the post, Hardie stated: “Reading the stories of these women and how my behaviour impacted them has made me deeply ashamed. To all those who felt marginalized, demeaned or objectified while working for or alongside me, I am truly very sorry.”

The winemaker also indicated that, in recent years, he has been working to correct his behaviour.

In the wake of the investigation’s release, several restaurants in Ontario and Quebec have indicated that they are removing Norman Hardie wines from their menus, including Joey Restaurants, Chase Hospitality Group, Wilder and Rose, Honest Weight, Monkland Tavern and Soif Bar à Vin. George Brown College has also cancelled a tour of Prince Edward County, which was set to visit Hardie’s winery this weekend.

Yesterday, the LCBO announced it won’t restock Norman Hardie wine. “Current inventory of Norman Hardie brand products will remain available at LCBO stores; however we will not be placing new orders at this time,” said a statement issued by the LCBO on Twitter.

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