Nissan paid former Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta ¥582 million ($3.7 million) to depart the company last year amid allegations of misconduct, people familiar with the matter said.

Gupta left Nissan in June last year, surprising investors who had seen him as a potential future candidate for the top job.

He departed after the company investigated misconduct it considered to be sexual harassment and paid for him to leave, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.