Tavis Smiley Suspended From PBS! Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegation
One more public figure on the list of sexual harassment allegations!
A statement from PBS on suspending Smiley states,
“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company. PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.”
Several unnamed insiders close to the organization disclosed that PBS had hired an official attorney, Sarah Taylor Wirtz of the firm MSK to go through a confidential investigation into Smiley's behavior in the workplace.
Well, the investigation showed surprising results!
According to the insiders, several insights came to light that Smiley was engaged in 'sexual relationships' with multiple subordinates. Sources also shared that their position in the company was hand-in-hand linked to the 'status of their sexual relationship' with Smiley. Additionally, he also allegedly created a 'verbally abusive and threatening environment' at work.
Meanwhile, Smiley is not one to remain silent!
Smiley responded to the suspension by PBS via social media through video as well as in writing and defended himself emphasizing on the fact that he never was the culprit in such false accusations.
"To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years."
Tavis Smiley, who started working as a radio commentator in the year 1991, became a talk show host on 'BET Tonight' on Black Entertainment Television. He then started hosting on 'The Tavis Smiley Show' on National Public Radio.
Since the year 2004, Smiley has been a late night talk show host for 'Tavis Smiley' in PBS for which he was honored with NAACP Image Award
When it comes to Smiley's earnings, he must have garnered a decent amount of salary which perhaps must have led him to enjoy a whopping net worth of $10 million.
A wave of change has started as people have started to raise voice against sexual harassment following which the cases of allegation of sexual harassment by Fox Business host Charles Payne, Fox New's Bill O'Reilly, and Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light.
Hopefully, Justice Will Be Served!