Tribune Co. chief innovation officer Lee Abrams has been placed on indefinite suspension without pay, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
Abrams apologized Tuesday to those offended by the e-mail. The Tribune said the message included a link to a video called "Sluts" that included female nudity. The e-mail drew a number of employee complaints, the newspaper said.
"The video in bad taste was a parody of a cable-type reality show," Abrams wrote in his apology. "It is not something that we would ever air on our TV stations -- in fact quite the opposite. We show this as an example of what NOT to do. But still, I understand that it was very inappropriate to distribute a link to the video to a wider audience."
The link showed a dancing woman who "appeared to pour liquor on her bare breasts," the Tribune said.
The incident occurred a few days after a New York Times article described the executive culture at the Tribune company as a "frat house."
Tribune Co. Chief Executive Randy Michaels said in a memo announcing the suspension, "this is the kind of serious mistake that can't be tolerated; we intend to address it promptly and forcefully."
Michaels said Abrams may still face more disciplinary action.
Chicago-based Tribune Co. owns the Los Angeles Times; KTLA-TV Channel 5, Los Angeles; the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets.