Tavis Smiley Ordered To Pay PBS $2.6 Million In Sexual Misconduct Case!
According to reports, TV host, Tavis Smiley was ordered to pay $2.6 million to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for having several affairs with his subordinates. Read on to get more details since Tavis Smiley Ordered To Pay PBS…
CelebNMusic247.com report back in March after a 3-week trial, a Washington, D.C., jury discovered that Tavis Smiley breached the morals clause in his contract.
Here is what we’ve learned:
The jurors heard deposition testimonies from six different women who all accused Tavis Smiley of misconduct. The jury awarded PBS $1.5 million, which included costs and underwriting revenue for the last two seasons of Tavis Smiley’s talk show.
After the trial, the network claimed that it should be entitled to additional damages under the morals clause.
Judge Yvonne Williams presided over the case and sided with the network, ruling on Aug. 5 that PBS was owed $2.6 million. That amount includes $1.9 million in liquidated damages, which PBS paid TS Media for his show’s final two seasons. PBS was also given $702,898 to cover the costs corporate underwriters paid for the same two seasons.
PBS suspended Tavis Smiley’s show in December 2017 and hired an outside firm to investigate the sexual misconduct complaints against him.
Tavis Smiley responded with a lawsuit against PBS, sparking a countersuit from the network, but the jury rejected Smiley’s claim.
In the allegations, one woman recalls Tavis Smiley’s numerous sexual advances, stating that when she denied him he replied:
I’m tired of you telling me no. I’m tired of you rejecting me, I’m going to show you what happens to people when they reject me.
Following that, the woman ended up leaving her job and was paid $325,000 to resolve the sexual harassment complaint.
Another woman came forward with a testimony of a consensual relationship with Tavis Smiley.
She recalls when she turned him down for sex, Tavis Smiley made sure to remind her that he was her boss.
I felt like my job was in jeopardy and that if I didn’t do what he wanted sexually, I would lose my job.
The woman was later fired. She believes that was the reason she was fired. She says it was because others in the office were aware of the relationship.
Then a female paid guest on The Tavis Smiley Show, says that she had “some intimate connections” with the TV host. Directly after she turned him down for sex, he refused to have her back on the show.
Basically, Smiley allegedly was forcing women to sleep with him to work on his show. Now, that is done and he OWE’s PBS $2.6 Million in the sexual misconduct case.