Tavis Smiley Fights Back After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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    After getting suspended by PBS after various sexual misconduct allegations, veteran talk show host Tavis Smiley is fighting back!

    “I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth. To be clear, I have never groped, coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering six networks over 30 years…This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back,” – Tavis Smiley

    Smiley was accused of having sex with multiple lower-level staffers who claimed their employment status was dependent on engaging in a sexual relationship with him.

    So far, PBS is sticking to the indefinite suspension after an outside law firm interviewed witnesses, Smiley, and the alleged victims.

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    1. I’ve always suspected him of something. Any person who makes it their mission to condemn wrong doing, and be so critical, has a closet full of skeletons they are trying to atone.

    2. I believe Tavis. I remember he used to have a segment on Tom Joyner show. However when he started speaking negativity/opposing Obama he was let go.

    3. Agree with the do not mess with people at the office.

      As a supervisor you don’t screw the help or anyone you work with if you have a brain.

      • He screwed a few of them and should not have.

        The person in charge is always in the wrong, because of the power dynamic.

        Stupid ass, you don’t shit where you sleep!

    4. Lots of people do this. Yes, there are ethical issues and you’re not supposed to according to most laws and organization policies. However, nowadays when people want to get with a good partner, many go looking around their job first. It just makes sense to a lot of people. And people spend so much time around co-workers that stuff is bound to happen anyway. Unfortunately, some are more mature about it than others.

      I don’t believe he pressured any women. It’s a witch hunt that people are using to get him. You know *they* don’t like this man.

      They wanted to come for a high-profile, progressive, positive black man because all these white pervs are being outed.

      I’m not defending Russell, but it’s interesting that the police are actually investigating him, but the police aren’t doing anything to others.

      I believe you Tavis.

    5. I’m sure checks were cut to get false statements against him. And some were happy to give false statements out of jealousy, bitterness about something, or they’re mad they never got chose.

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