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  • Talk-show host sues PBS for breach of contract after firing

  • Talk-show host Tavis Smiley is suing his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service, for breach of contract after he was fired over sexual harassment allegations. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court against PBS, based in Arlington, Virginia. PBS fired Smiley in December after it said it received multiple allegations of workplace misconduct by Smiley on his interview show. Smiley has acknowledged having romantic relationships with colleagues, but says they were consensual.

, FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, author and talk show host Tavis Smiley speaks at Book Expo America in New York. Smiley is suing his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service, for breach of contract after he was fired over sexual harassment allegations. The Washington Post reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in D.C. Superior Court against PBS, based in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

21 of February 2018 22:42:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk-show host Tavis Smiley is suing his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service, for breach of contract after he was fired over sexual harassment allegations.

The Washington Post reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court against PBS, based in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia.

PBS fired Smiley in December after it said it received multiple, credible allegations of workplace misconduct by Smiley on his eponymous late-night interview show.

Smiley has acknowledged having romantic relationships with colleagues over his career, but says they were consensual.

PBS called Smiley's lawsuit meritless and an effort to distract the public from his misconduct.

Smiley, who is African-American, contends in the lawsuit that racial bias contributed to his dismissal.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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