And oh, how they have R-A-I-N-E-D!
Move over, Harvey Weinstein, because we need a bit more room in your impending cell! Tavis Smiley, who was a talk show host on PBS for years, has been pushed to the forefront of the #MeToo movement with the reports that have just been released by the network that include allegations that he had sexual relationships with guests on the television show, verbally abused staff members, as well as inappropriately touched them, plus throw in a bit of unwanted sexual bantery for hood measure.
The Report Has Been Unsealed and Revealed
Many had been waiting for the documents to finally come to light, and the report comes in at 500+ pages, all related to Smiley’s dismissal. PBS has sued Smiley back against his own legal claims of harassment and racial bias to the tune of $1.9 million. If you want to read the entire report, grab some TEA, and press here. But what you should already know before pressing that is PBS found out in 2018 that there were a slew of credible allegations by present and former co-workers of SMiley’s that were deemed inconsistent with how the network does business.
Smiley Denies Claims
Of course, Tavis, who has never become a huge mainstream success (and NOW we know why) has denied everything, claiming his relationships were all consensual (ring a bell? Can we say ‘the Weinstein defense?’) and says the lawsuits and allegations are all an attempt to smear his name.
Anyway, Smiley’s attempt to have PBS’ actions were tossed out of court and it still remains to be seen how much Smiley will have to pay the network back. One thing we can say for sure?
Smiley will NOT be coming to a television station near you any time soon.