The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 3.30.2016

Levy fires back at Sorrell over 4A's comments; Latest on Wounded Warrior Project's crisis; Former Uber staffer accuses company of heavy-handed leak investigation; GOP candidates walk back on pledge to support nominee; Business leaders decry North Carolina law prohibiting local LGBT protections.

Ex-JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez
Ex-JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez

The latest on the lawsuit against Gustavo Martinez
Lawyers for WPP say the former J. Walter Thompson CEO did joke about rape, but only to "lighten the tension" at work, according to court memoranda revealed by PRWeek’s sister outlet Campaign. Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy also fired back at WPP chief Martin Sorrell for his comments at the 4A’s conference last week.

More on Wounded Warrior Project’s spending controversy
The board of embattled veterans’ charity the Wounded Warrior Project has abruptly cancelled a meeting with the group’s founders set for next week. The organization’s founders believe the board did not do enough to stop financial mismanagement at the nonprofit, according to CBS News.

Ex-Uber staffer accuses company of heavy-handed response to BuzzFeed article
A former Uber employee says an investigator barged into her apartment while trying to discover the source of a BuzzFeed story about its internal data about driver rape and assault cases. The ride-hailing service has confirmed to BuzzFeed that it is investigating the source of sensitive screenshots leaked to the press.

GOP candidates renege on pledge to support nominee
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich walked back promises to support their party’s eventual nominee for president during a Tuesday night town hall on CNN. Trump is also sticking up for campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi, who was charged with misdemeanor battery in Florida on Tuesday for grabbing at a former Breitbart reporter earlier this month.

Business leaders decry North Carolina anti-LGBT law
Dozens of business leaders want North Carolina to repeal a law passed last week that stops local governments from passing their own LGBT protections. Leaders from Apple, Facebook, Airbnb, and Marriott are among those who signed the petition.

What to know on Wednesday:
Foxconn reaches deal to take over Sharp for $3.5 billion. Boeing to eliminate 4,500 jobs. Microsoft rolls out pricey HoloLens augmented reality glasses. Apple wants to know how the FBI hacked Syed Farook’s iPhone. WSJ: Why natural product claims are murky. NYC launches anti-smoking campaign.

Who’s going where:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker names Jack Jablonski communications director. Management and communications company Kellen hires Greg Sherry as EVP of communications. Mario Ruiz appointed Business Insider’s SVP of comms. 

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