PBS suspended his show, but Tavis Smiley denies he ever groped or otherwise sexually assaulted anyone.
Tavis Smiley has been accused of sexual improprieties, like Harvey Weinstein and others. But unlike Weinstein there is no evidence (as far as we know). When Kevin Spacey was accused, he tacitly admitted guilt by his apology. So did Al Franken. Not Smiley! He categorically denied all wrongdoing.
I don’t know the truth about what Tavis Smiley did, but there does seem to be a moral panic with regard to sexual wrongdoing. That hysteria may be generating false accusations and premature condemnations.
Tavis Smiley is a liberal, but that doesn’t mean I want him to be falsely accused.
“This has gone too far,” he said. “And, I, for one, intend to fight back.”
Smiley said he was “shocked” to find out about his suspension, and that Variety, which first reported the story, knew before he did.
He said that PBS began its investigation without informing him, and only realized what was happening after “former staffers started contacting me to share the uncomfortable experience of receiving a phone call from a stranger asking whether, I had ever done anything to make them uncomfortable, and if they could provide other names of persons to call.”
He said eventually PBS interviewed him, but did not take into account his “personal documentation,” “and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources. Their mind was made up.”
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