From 'Android Andy' to alleged 'sex ring' leader - the rise and fall of Google exec Andy Rubin
- Andy Rubin is the creator of Android and a former Google executive.
- Rubin's career seemed to be on track - software engineering in Silicon Valley in the 1990s, founding Android, being a top dog at Google for a decade - until he was let go from Google after a sexual misconduct investigation, according to multiple news reports.
- Rubin has been accused of having inappropriate relations with a subordinate, of allegedly coercing a woman into oral sex (an allegation that Rubin denies).
- And new, unsealed court documents from a suit filed by his estranged ex-wife allege he ran what was described as a "sex ring."
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Andy Rubin's fall from grace in the tech world has dragged out over two years.
The inventor of Android - the OS used by nearly 87% of world's smartphones - has had a 30-year career in software engineering in Silicon Valley. His life seemed to be on track as one of the heroes of the modern tech world until a set of explosive news reports from 2017 to 2019 characterized Rubin as an antagonist in the #MeToo movement.Rubin's spokesperson calls these reports mischaracterizations, telling Business Insider:
"Much of the recent media coverage mischaracterized Andy's departure from Google and parroted fictional claims made about Andy by his ex-wife in their contentious divorce dispute. He looks forward to telling his story someday," the spokesperson said.
Read on for the rise and fall of "Android Andy."