Friday, January 03, 2020

Tavis Smiley's Predatory Sexual History Unsealed


Last year the Public Broadcasting System counter sued Tavis Smiley after he filed a lawsuit contesting the cancelation of his long running show amid allegations of sexual misconduct [click here if you missed that].

Tavis's alleged misdeeds have been revealed...

From Deadline
A report by an external investigator hired by PBS claims former talk show host Tavis Smiley spent decades engaged in sexual relationships with subordinates and guests on his show, and committed acts of verbal abuse, inappropriate touching, and made unwanted sexual comments.
Among the allegations contained in the just-surfaced PBS report:
*** A former employee alleged that Smiley asked her to lunch, and then asked about her bra size, offering a trip to Victoria’s Secret at The Grove. The woman was eventually laid off from the show and was allegedly told that she “knew too much” about Smiley’s actions, according to the report.
*** Several women interviewed for the report claimed consensual relations with Smiley, but said that the power differences made for an uneasy relationship. One guest on the show who was involved claimed she was not invited back despite submitting to Smiley.
*** Another producer on the Smiley show who had a sexual relationship with him was told that the relationship would be kept secret. However, she was terminated when others found out. She told the investigators that she believed other office sexual relationships played a role in her dismissal.

Go here to read the entire report.

15 comments:

Unknown said...

Interesting indeed..he seems like he could be a jerk; a major asshole.

Anonymous said...

R in NYC says:

Aww man, its always those fake azz woke Brothas!
Never get your honey where you make your money

Anonymous said...

ewww

Niyabinghi/ObeahWomanWarrior said...

Disgusting pig

Anonymous said...

For a min i thought Tavis was gay...the ver-dick is still out...on topic, his aura always seemed "off". Like one of them know-it-all uppity negros that go home have a shot and abuse a bitch either verbally or emotionally...I'm surprised his vicyims are black he definitely dont seem like he has the fortitude to deal with his own

Anonymous said...

This muthafuckka! I remember the amount of people who assumed that this was a "public lynching of an innocent black man". Like, black men don't have evil in their hearts like any other asshole in the world.

The bitch used his position to get pussy. many people in power abuse said power. And, for those who think educated, articulate wealthy means butter soft, and won't do shit. Dumbass, just because they won't don't drive by and shoot at you, doesn't mean they wont do fucked up shit to destroy your life or livelyhood.

Anonymous said...

I really can't tell if this is a case of sexual misconduct, or just a man with poor relationship skills and a history of bad break ups. It seems like that line is becoming thinner and thinner.

Anonymous said...

@1:13 correct. It pains me to see how people comment on the affairs of someone else's life and spout off criticism like it's facts. The report is 472 pages long and no one (commenting) will even skim through it to read let alone understand what it is saying.

Felicia said...

Tavis has to be the dumbest man alive.. No I’am not going to skim through a 400 something page document because of his nigotry...... This fool wasted time and resources. He really this corporation wouldn’t have any proof?...Or back up?🤦🏿‍♀️

Felicia said...

I’d rather read a book instead. Attempting to read “The Isis Papers” by Dr Frances Cress Welsing, But I am struggling with concentration issues so when I find my mind wondering I have to put it down.

ms mac said...

Well I enjoy reading depositions, lawsuits and case files so thank me later.

Tavis claims PBS wouldn't increase his show's budget and consistently played the race card with him because he'd call them out on their stuff. For example, they made a big to-do about the star of The Carmicheal show saying "nigger" on his show but when Charlie Rose had Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle and Samuel Jackson on, they each said the word without fanfare. He believes he was the token Black on PBS because there (are) no other Black journalists on TV with their own show. This made him a target and he thinks PBS had a vendetta against him. He believes once they got rid of Charlie Rose they used #MeeToo to get out of their contract so they wouldn't have to pay him.

A male producer he worked with labeled Tavis a misogynist and wrote a whole op-ed piece detailing what a megalomaniac, womanizer and egotistical asshole he saw him as. He even went in on the 'dimwit' producer who was Tavis' girlfriend and who Travis regularly cheated on. He said Tavis didn't read or do research on his guests and basically painted his a lazy journalist. As for the accusers, PBS hired an investigator who found most of their stories credible, some of which were based solely on telephone interviews. Some accusers said they dated or slept with Tavis because they felt pressured, and since he was their boss they didn't know how to rebuke his advances. Those who didn't date him say they were objectified and he made lewd, unsolicited sexual comments to them regularly. One woman said he told her she should toss his salad. There were also male employees who accused him of cussing people out and making specific threats about people losing their jobs. They also said he was harder on the women than on the men. Tavis claims the investigator was biased and did not interview anyone on his at the time.

Tavis' team hired their own investigative attorney who rebutted all of the PBS investigator's findings, citing for example, that several of the women who said they were harassed came back to working for him years later. Some even got recommendations and referrals from him and maintained a friendship with him for years after the alleged harassment. One woman who was a guest on the show accused Tavis of making sexual advances towards her and claimed he retaliated when he learned she was married. Tavis' investigators determined she voluntarily came back to the show two other times after the alleged encounter, thereby proving there was no retaliation.

It doesn't mean it's nonexistent but this document doesn't reference any written evidence such as texts or emails verifying any of the accusers' accounts. But many of the accusers said their stories could be corroborated because they either told someone what happened at the time it was unfolding, or there were other witnesses who could verify their story.

All I can say is that my radar is off because this whole time I thought Tavis was gay!

Niyabinghi/ObeahWomanWarrior said...

LMAO Ms mac thank you for that breakdown, I thought his ass was gay too. He always looked shifty as hell to me, I would have thought young male interns would be coming for this nigga with #metoo tales Lawd!!!

Anonymous said...

Where :-) @ now ? Poor :-).

Anonymous said...

I was told by one of his gay guest that he was homophobic towards them. That's what some down lows respond to cover up their self hate.

Anonymous said...

They coming for ALL the Brothers. YT must don’t do sex crimes...

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