Andrés Martinez, who became L. A. Times editorial page editor in 2004 and resigned in 2007, is now suing his ex-girlfriend alleging she cost him his job at the newspaper and tarnished his professional reputation.
Andrés resigned from the Times last year after it was revealed that Kelly Mullens, a public relations executive with whom he was romantically involved with for about two years, was also doing PR work for Hollywood producer Brian Grazer at the same time that Andrés had invited Grazer to be a “guest editor” for the paper’s opinion section.
According to the L.A. Times Mullens got a temporary restraining order against Andrés for stalking her and sending her threatening e-mails and text messages and in an affidavit, suggested Andrés was suicidal and capable of violence against her.
Neither he nor his attorney responded to these allegations, but in an email to the Times, Andrés says Mullens “abused” their personal relationship and “Her lack of professional ethics forced the Los Angeles Times to cancel the guest- editor program and forced my resignation from the newspaper.”
Before joining the L.A. Times, Andrés was assistant editorial page editor and a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He had been an editorial writer at the paper since 2000. Before that, he was an editorial writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He is a native of Mexico, with a B.A. degree in history from Yale University, a M.A. degree in Russian history from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School.