After initially firing on-air personality Garrison Keillor over an incident in which he touched the back of a woman colleague, Minnesota Public Radio released new allegations today from numerous sources alleging much worse behavior by the network’s longtime host.
“An investigation by MPR News, however, has learned of a years-long pattern of behavior that left several women who worked for Keillor feeling mistreated, sexualized or belittled,” reported the network.
These new claims include one story of Keillor pursuing a relationship with a subordinate and ultimately offering her a $16,000 check in exchange for silence on the matter in 2009. However, the unnamed woman did not take the money.
Another woman alleges she experienced a “pattern and practice of abusive conduct” at the hands of Keillor before losing her job at the network.
Other women told MPR that they had been harassed by way of bullying, humiliation, and unwanted sexual remarks.
President and CEO of MPR Jon McTaggart stated the following in response to the new allegations: “When we reached a point that from all sources we had sufficient confidence in facts that really required us to act, we took the action we did. It was the right thing to do. It was the necessary thing to do, and we stand by it.”
Interestingly, Keillor said he would not respond directly to the new allegations — due to negotiations currently taking place between MPR and the fired host — but did attack the network for reporting on it’s own internal issues.”I don’t think MPR News can report fairly on MPR management’s chaotic and disastrous actions,” responded Keillor.
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