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Meg Whitman's campaign is doing its best to spin the story that while she was CEO of eBay, the company paid $200,000 to an employee Whitman verbally and physically assaulted. Or, as her campaign described it, with whom she had a "verbal dispute."

But on Thursday, Whitman herself addressed the story.

"Young Mi Kim and I had a verbal disagreement and it escalated and I actually, as The New York Times quite accurately reported, you know escorted her out of the room and then I went back to what I needed to do in that meeting," said Whitman, speaking to reporters after a campaign event at a sneaker and sports apparel shop in South Gate.

But it's not like she did anything wrong when she shoved "escorted" her employee. After all, sometimes these things just happen, especially in the rough-and-tumble corporate world of online shopping.

"You always have to act professionally, right? And you just have to be thoughtful about your interactions. It was an anomaly. It's one of those things that happens in business. I've been in business 30 years, and you know, it's one of those things that just happens."

Smacking around a subordinate so you can do what you need to do? It's just what happens in business sometimes. Take it from Meg -- she's a professional.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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