Wal-Mart limits response to accusations by Roehm

BENTONVILLE, AR: Wal-Mart is staying tight-lipped and vague in its response to incendiary court filings by Julie Roehm, the company's now-fired former SVP of marcomms.

BENTONVILLE, AR: Wal-Mart is staying tight-lipped and vague in its response to incendiary court filings by Julie Roehm, the company's now-fired former SVP of marcomms.

In a May 24 filing related to a dispute over Roehm's termination, she accused CEO Lee Scott of accepting sweetheart deals from suppliers, said that a former company executive had a well-known affair with a subordinate, and claims that the company's management never supported her or her marcomms team.

The filing also says that after her firing, "Wal-Mart immediately engaged in a deliberate and calculated campaign of 'leaks' to disparage Roehm and deflect criticism that Wal-Mart was afraid it would endure by reversing the high-profile decision it had made to change its tired corporate culture and hire Roehm just nine months earlier."

Spokesman John Simley said the company has limited its response to "reporters' questions," but only within the confines of a short written statement calling the allegations "old news" with no factual backing, and defending Scott.

A call to Roehm's attorney was not returned by press time.

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