MCDONALD's sacked chief executive previously had a relationship with a woman working on a PR account for the burger chain, it was revealed.
Divorced Brit Steve Easterbrook, 52, was fired from McDonald's last week over a consensual fling with a colleague.
Now it also emerged that several years ago, before Easterbrook became McDonald's chief executive, he had a relationship with PR exec Denise Paleothodoros.
Ms Paleothodoros is not the latest woman he was fired for having a relationship with.
But she was a staffer at Golin, a public relations firm owned by Interpublic Group of Cos., Who worked for McDonald's – where she was employed.
Ms Paleothodoros, currently an executive director at Golin, told the Wall Street Journal: "Steve and I were in a relationship that ended amicably a while ago."
When Easterbrook became CEO of McDonald's in March 2015, the board determined that its relationship with Ms Paleothodoros violated company policy and signed it off.
She was also removed from the McDonald's PR account.
The public relations firm said that, at the time, Easterbrook "had no working relationship with our firm" and was overseeing public relations. Easterbrook and the woman have been dating for more than two years.
His latest consensual relationship with another female employee was brought to the attention of senior staff just three weeks ago.
After an internal investigation, Jerry Krulewitch's company general counsel is said to have informed McDonald's of the matter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The board hired New York City law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz to assess the legal risk from the relationship.
Board members were said to have concluded that the relationship between Easterbrook and the unidentified employee was short-term and consensual.
But the situation raised questions about Easterbrook's judgment on his personal affairs and corporate conduct on the board's view, one source told the newspaper.
McDonald's has a longstanding policy against its employees for dealing with direct and indirect reports at all levels.
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Board members held lengthy discussions and meetings and ultimately voted unanimously to fire Easterbrook.
He agreed to a settlement on October 31 and his employment was terminated the next day.
The Watford-born businessman is estimated to take home up to £ 54million in pay, bonuses and shares from his time at McDonald's.