Hurd's bird exits closet

The woman who cost HP CEO his job has stepped into the limelight to say she's "surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job."

Jodie Fisher, a salesperson and actress, said in a statement released yesterday through a lawyer she had "resolved my claim with Mark privately, without litigation, and I do not intend to comment on it further.”

“I wish Mark, his family and HP the best," she added, perhaps aware that he'll be spending more time with them now.

Single mum Fisher, 50, has been in a number of films, including last year's Easy Rider: The Ride Back , Blood Dolls, Dead by Dawn and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.

She felt the need to repeat the assertion that she and Hurd did not have a sexual relationship.

“Mark and I never had an affair or intimate sexual relationship," she said. "I first met Mark in 2007 when I interviewed for a contractor job at the company.”

“At HP, I was under contract to work at high-level customer and executive summit events held around the country and abroad. I prepared for those events, worked very hard and enjoyed working for HP.”

According to her lawyer, Fisher "is a single mom focused on raising her young son. She has a degree in Political Science from Texas Tech and was recently the vice president of a commercial real estate company. She formerly worked on the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. She has also been a successful salesperson for a Fortune 500 company and has been in various television shows and films, some of which were R-rated when she was in her 30s.

"Most recently, Jodie was one of the stars in an NBC television show called “Age of Love.”

According to the AP, Hurd paid Fisher - who was previously only identified as a contract worker - an undisclosed amount of money to resolve their dispute.