Tavis Smiley Suspended by PBS for Sexual Misconduct Accusations
Tavis Smiley has become the latest star to be accused of sexual misconduct as PBS has suspended the talk show host after an investigation uncovered “credible allegations:”
“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.”
Tavis is a veteran talk show host who focuses on politics and current events and he even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Variety further reports that PBS hired attorney Sarah Taylor Wirtz of the firm MSK to oversee an investigation into Smiley’s behavior after receiving allegations of misconduct by Smiley, who hosts and produces the talk show.
MSK took reports from 10 witnesses, a mix of men and women of different races and employment levels in Smiley’s organization, most of them former staffers.
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