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Television

Longtime PBS host Tavis Smiley suspended amid sexual misconduct allegations

Longtime talk show host Tavis Smiley has been indefinitely suspended from PBS amid “troubling” allegations that he has sexually harassed staffers and retaliated against those who rebuffed him.

Officials at PBS recently contracted a law firm after they received a series of shocking claims that Smiley had created a hostile work environment and engaged in sexual relationships with several subordinates.

“The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS,” a spokesperson told the New York Daily News.

The spokesperson declined to elaborate on the allegations but sources told Variety Magazine that Smiley, who has hosted his namesake PBS show since 2004, would use his status to coax subordinates into having sex with him. Some of the witnesses said that they felt like their employment depended on the status of their sexual relationship with Smiley.

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