Amber Heard’s new spin doctor has been arrested for DUI twice, quit two jobs following sexual harassment claims against his reputation and was allegedly paid to dress provocatively in order to attend an event at a tech company.
One woman claimed that he tried to force her into sex after meeting him on an exclusive dating app Raya.
David Shane, 49 was hired by Aquaman to promote a photo of Johnny Depp, an alcohol-bingeing abuser who victimized Heard. However, the PR guru has a history of HR investigations, alcohol related crimes, and allegations of sexual impropriety.
According to industry insiders, his alleged transgressions have been so well-known that he has been nicknamed “Hurricane Shane” and “the walking #MeToo Case of the PR World.”
His former colleagues spoke anonymously to DailyMail.com to fear reprisals from Shane. They said that he was investigated and reprimanded by the HR departments of Hewlett-Packard as well as Juniper. Hewlett-Packard had him working as vice president of communications between 2008 and 2010.
According to the ex-colleagues, both cases were sexual harassment claims and Shane left the companies. It is unclear if he was leaving because of the investigations and Shane has denied that any complaints were filed against him.
DailyMail.com was informed by Shane’s lawyer that the allegations were false and distract from the Depp Heard defamation case. The case will resume Monday following a 10-day hiatus.
DailyMail.com has exclusive access to court documents that reveal that he was also charged with two DUI offenses in 2010 and 2012.
The spin doctor could be embarrassed by the alcohol-related crimes. Heard has previously highlighted Johnny Depp’s excessive wine spending and was hired to support her claims that Depp had abused her alcohol.
An ex-model claimed that Shane tried forcing her to have oral sex with him after she met him through Raya, a dating app that is geared towards the wealthy, famous, and well-connected.
Hollie Doker (32), said that Shane took her on two dates in late 2018, first to Mr Chow in China and then to Nobu Sushi, Hollywood. He arranged for a driver to take her home in a private limo.
After the second date they went back to his West Hollywood condo, she said.
‘He started getting really aggressive, like “come to my bedroom, let’s have sex.” I’m like “no”. I even lied to him and told him I was on my period because I just felt so uncomfortable,’ Doker said.
‘He said “I took you on these amazing dates to these really great restaurants,” insinuating that I owed it to him.
‘At that point he started getting super aggressive and he pushed my head down, towards that [his crotch]. I told him no and I got up. He got angry and was like “I’ll call you a f***ing Uber.’
Doker, now in social media marketing said that she complained to Raya about the experience, and that Shane’s account was deleted by the company.
Raya stated that it doesn’t comment on individual cases but said that in the rare instances Raya receives a report about predatory, harassing or violative behavior by a member it takes it seriously and has a zero tolerance policy.
Shane’s lawyer, Rebecca Kaufman, said her client ‘adamantly denies Hollie Doker’s allegation, which dramatically conflicts with Ms. Doker’s original account that she posted over three years ago.’
Kaufman was referring to a December 2018 post Doker wrote in a private Facebook group of LA women shortly after the incident, warning them about his alleged behavior.
‘I met this man on the dating app Raya. He took me out on two dates and then tried to take complete advantage of me in his condo in west Hollywood,’ the post said.
‘He basically insinuated I owed him for the dates he brought me on. When I said no to most of the things he asked me to do, he kicked me out.’
‘He thought there needed to be women there to sort of create a festive mood with all the guys in the room. It was kind of to give it a more club feeling.
‘They were dressed nicely, but provocatively. There were several Australians, a couple of Brits. They were working the room for sure,’ the source said.
The staffer said the conference was sponsored by Wall Street Journal spinoff tech publication All Things D, and that they and Al Gore’s team were horrified when they realized there were paid hostesses among the guests.
‘Al Gore’s people were like ‘Get them away from me’,’ the Juniper worker said.
The source said the alleged incident was not the only one that led to complaints against Shane at the company.
‘He was just one of those people who I think didn’t understand that consequences or rules applied to him sometimes,’ the ex-staffer said.
‘There were a lot of questionable things that he did that made people uncomfortable.’
Another Juniper source said the alleged sexual harassment complaints involved him ‘pushing himself’ on young women with whom he worked.
‘He would cozy up to, and try to separate from the pack, a very young, vulnerable, member of the external PR firm,’ Shane’s former colleague said.
‘The way he would go about it would be to really start complimenting the young hot chick on the account, then say ‘Hey, can you do this special project for me?’ Then the sidebar meetings, or phone calls, like, ‘Hey, I need something really urgently can I call you?’ Then it would devolve into behavior where he would push himself on the young people.
‘These were young women who are starting out fresh in their career, not knowing how to handle it,’ the source added.
‘It was typical, textbook grooming, harassment, and taking advantage of younger people who might not know better or are afraid to speak out.’
Juniper told DailyMail.com that it ‘does not discuss former or current personnel matters publicly.’
‘As a company, we have always taken internal allegations of any kind very seriously and are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive culture,’ a spokesperson said.
Shane’s lawyer, Rebecca Kaufman, told DailyMail.com the claims were false.
‘It’s easy to get distracted by anonymous, false accusations, but the focus should be on the merits of the defamation case pending in Fairfax County, Virginia and the relevant facts presented at trial,’ she said.
A DUI case against Shane was filed in Palo Alto (California) on September 7, 2012.
He was not the first person to be arrested for allegedly driving drunk.
In February 2010, he was arrested for another DUI. He initially claimed innocence but then he accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced to three years probation and two days in county jail.
Shane was at the time vice president of communications for Hewlett-Packard. Sources who knew him say he also left Hewlett-Packard in 2010, following an HR investigation.
‘Hewlett-Packard were doing an investigation on him. There were certainly a lot of issues. There was great discomfort among the women around him,’ one source said. ‘I don’t think he was a good guy to be around if you were a woman.’
Former soft-core film star Jodie Fischer, who worked as an events hostess for HP, claimed Hurd spent two years from 2007 to 2009 trying to impress her, inviting her to hotel rooms, confessing his love for her, and giving her unwanted kisses.
Hurd denied the claims. The company probe did not find sexual impropriety by Hurd but did unearth a ‘systematic pattern’ of falsified expense claims meant to cover up a ‘close personal relationship’ with a former contractor of the firm, which led to his exit.
HP declined to comment.
In a press release about his exit, HP media relations executive Hani Durzy said he had done ‘a fantastic job’.
Shane hired lawyers to remove details about his past, both in court and online.
After legal letters, a story about his exit at Juniper by SiliconAngle was retracted. In 2019, there were hearings for record clearance in his 2012 DUI and a petition to dismiss his 2010 DUI case. The judge granted the petition.
Shane’s PR company Shane Communications was hired previously by Depp’s former business management, The Management Group. This was after the Pirates of the Caribbean star sued them in 2017 for $25 million.
The Management Group counter-suit used Shane’s company to accuse Depp a lack of impulse control in his spending. He spent hundreds of millions on wine, real estate and cars. In July 2018, the cases were settled.