2020-03-05 01:23:25 UTC
Ousted PBS host Tavis Smiley, whom several women have accused of sexual
misconduct, is required to pay $1.5 million to the public broadcaster for
violating his contract, a jury decided Wednesday. The jury determined that
Smiley broke the morals clause by having romantic relationships in the
workplace. Smiley, the person of color in PBS history to be a solo host, was
suspended by the network in 2017 over troubling allegations of misconduct and
was dismissed at the peak of the #MeToo movement.
Smiley previously filed a lawsuit against PBS in D.C. Superior Court seeking $1
million, alleging wrongful termination due to racial bias. Six women gave their
testimonies to the jury over the past three weeks and detailed sexual misconduct
allegations against Smiley.
A PBS spokesperson said the network is pleased by the jurys decision, adding,
It was important for us to ensure that the courageous women who came forward
were able to share their stories and that we continue to uphold the values and
standards of our organization.
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