NEW YORK: Chris Albrecht has "stepped down" as chairman/ceo of Time Warner's Home Box Office cable unit, following an alleged assault on his female partner and his subsequent arrest by Las Vegas police in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

The situation might have been contained, had it not been for an ensuing report in the Los Angeles Times that this was not the first such incident in which the executive had been involved.

In 1991, reported the LA Times, HBO paid a settlement of "at least" $400,000 to a female employee allegedly shoved and kicked by Albrecht and with whom he was romantically involved.

In the wake of this double-whammy, Albrecht issued his resignation statement: "I take this step for the benefit of my Home Box Office colleagues, recognizing that I cannot allow my personal circumstances to distract them from the business."

It is likely he will be sorely missed at HBO, where he played a key role in the development of worldwide successes like The Sopranos and Sex and the City.

HBO chief operating officer Bill Nelson will assume Albrecht's duties on an interim basis, the company said.

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online. additional content by WARC staff