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Tavis Smiley Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations And Suspension From PBS

16 December 2017

"Nearly immediately following the meeting, this story broke in Varietyas an 'exclusive.' Indeed, I learned more about these allegations reading the Variety story than the PBS investigator shared with me, the accused, in our 3 hour face to face meeting", the statement continued.

Only after being threatened with a lawsuit, did PBS investigators reluctantly agree to interview me for three hours.

"Tavis' misogyny is always creeping around, barely camouflaged by Midwestern good manners in line with the most duplicitous guys who always open doors, buy flowers and carry luggage until their girlfriends end up scrambling for some hotline 800 number", wrote Hyzagi, who then relays that Smiley gave him an order to not say anything about his new friend to anyone at work.

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Politico reports that PBS received "troubling allegations" and immediately moved to hire an independent law firm to handle the investigation.

"Tavis Smiley" has aired nightly on various PBS stations since 2004, but the network only distributes the show and doesn't finance its production or employ Smiley or his employees.

"This has gone too far".

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PBS responded to Smiley's accusations by saying it stands by the integrity of the investigation. Next month he is expected to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of a theatrical production focusing on the a year ago of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. He has been with PBS for 14 seasons and some 3,000 episodes.

Smiley's career includes a stint hosting a TV show on Black Entertainment Television in the 90s as well as a commentator at National Public Radio, ABC News, and CNN.

The best-selling author recently became the latest high-profile celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct. Several witnesses indicated concern for retaliation for their depiction of interacting with Smiley, who was described as fostering a verbally abusive and threatening workplace. The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources.

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Tavis Smiley Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations And Suspension From PBS