Tavis Smiley: PBS Denied Me Any Due Process After Accusations (Video)
Will there be anyone left, if the standard for getting fired over any form of ‘sexual misconduct’ is only an accusation, even after decades of not being reported?
“If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s time for a real conversation in America, so men and women know how to engage in the workplace. I look forward to actively participating in that conversation.”
It may not be a courtroom. But when it means that you can lose your job or your career, it deserves at least the same review. –WZ
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) December 14, 2017
Host Tavis Smiley said early Thursday that PBS “refused to provide me any semblance of due process” during its investigation of sexual misconduct against him.
He denied that he has groped, exposed himself or coerced any colleague during his career.
“I have the utmost respect for all women, and I certainly celebrate the courage of those who have come forth as of late to share their own truth,” Smiley said in a video posted to Facebook and Twitter. Read more at TDC.
PBS has suspended late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley” amid misconduct allegations against its host and namesake.
“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” the public broadcaster said. “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.” Read more at Variety.