- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) - A severance package worth more than $383,000 for the former artistic director of a renowned Houston theater who’s accused of creating a toxic work atmosphere is raising questions about his departure.

The Alley Theatre had announced earlier this month Gregory Boyd had planned to step aside in the fall but delayed the announcement because of Hurricane Harvey.

But the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday it learned of the severance package after requesting all payments to Boyd under a state law requiring financial disclosures by nonprofits.

In reference to the severance payment, Alley spokeswoman Nancy Sims said Boyd had “negotiated his retirement.”

The newspaper said that Boyd didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The allegations against Boyd mainly focus on bullying and inappropriately touching young women under his direction.

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