Erie museum director departs after work behavior reports

The New York Times reported last week there were complaints about Joshua Helmer's behavior.

  • The Associated Press
Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify that some of the complaints stemmed from Joshua Helmer’s tenure in Philadelphia.

(Erie) — The Erie Art Museum’s board says it’s cut ties with its executive director, days after a newspaper said he had dated and made advances toward women he worked with, including some who reported to him.

The museum board issued a statement Monday saying Joshua Helmer was no longer employed there.

The New York Times reported last week that there were complaints about Helmer’s behavior at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that included berating comments.

Helmer was assistant director for interpretation at the Philadelphia museum before being hired for the Erie museum’s top job last October.

A phone listing couldn’t be located for Helmer.

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