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Tavis Smiley Tears Into PBS, Says Network Will Accuse Him of “Misappropriating Public Funds

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In an open letter offered to TheWrap, former PBS host Tavis Smiley stated the community will probably be accusing him of “misappropriating public funds” within the upcoming trial for the lawsuit Smiley filed in February.

“I said last December that all I wanted was the truth,” Smiley stated. “I am still in search of it.”

Smiley stated that PBS has refused to cooperate with requests to see the findings of an unbiased investigation into the accusations that led to his firing, and accused it of stalling, intimidation, coercion, and of trashing “my reputation in the media.”

“Now I’m listening to that they are going to be falsely accusing me of misappropriating public funds,’ he stated.

Within the letter, Smiley stated neither accusations of sexual misconduct nor monetary impropriety are true, and that “the real misuse of public monies is the millions of dollars PBS is spending to litigate this matter.”

PBS dropped Smiley’s late-night interview program, “Tavis Smiley,” in December over what it stated have been “multiple, credible allegations” of office misconduct. PBS later stated that a subsequent investigation revealed “detailed accounts” of “inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct.”

Smiley filed a lawsuit towards PBS in February. A PBS spokesperson stated on the time that the go well with was “meritless” in a press release to TheWrap, and referred to as it an try “to distract the public from his pattern of sexual misconduct in the workplace.”

Representatives for PBS didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from TheWrap about Smiley’s newest assertion.

Learn his full letter under.

Ten months in the past, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, PBS pulled the plug on my nightly speak present amid a sexual
misconduct probe, saying that it had “uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent withthe values and standards of PBS.”

I instantly responded in a collection of nationwide tv appearances denying these false allegations, and
ultimately needed to file a lawsuit in February towards the place that I had referred to as house for nearly 15 years. In March, PBS fired again with a frivolous countersuit, and the litigation is ongoing as we put together for our trial date in D.C. Superior Courtroom.

I stated final December that each one I needed was the reality. I’m nonetheless in search of it. Virtually a yr later, PBS has nonetheless not turned over a single web page of the findings of its so-called “independent investigation,” on which they based mostly their determination to cancel my program.

PBS has tried each trick within the ebook; stall, intimidate, coerce, and trash my status within the media. Since my preliminary interviews, I’ve stored my powder dry, preferring to remain quiet and litigate my case in courtroom, not within the media.

The decide on this case has allowed PBS to designate a big quantity of paperwork as “confidential” beneath
protecting order, however I’m greater than assured that when this case goes to trial, and also you uncover what I already know, you may be gobsmacked by the actions and inactions of a public media entity that prides itself on being “the most trusted network in America.”

And, they hold misfiring. Now I’m listening to that they are going to be falsely accusing me of misappropriating public funds.

A case that started off being about sexual misconduct has now become a case of monetary impropriety. Neitheraccusation is true. However determined to seek out any breach of contract declare, PBS employed an outdoor accounting agency to conduct a months-long audit of the monetary data for my tv present masking a number of years, and never a cent is unaccounted for over these seasons. By no means a single infraction, as PBS accountants gave us a clear invoice of monetary well being, yr after yr. I take the general public belief critically. In fact, the actual misuse of public monies is the tens of millions of dollars PBS is spending to litigate this matter.

To no matter extent I’ve flourished professionally in my broadcast profession, it’s as a result of I’ve tried to be my
genuine self, even when it has value me supporters and sponsors.

My integrity is all I’ve left, and I look ahead to my day in courtroom.

To those that have left messages, emailed, despatched letters and even referred to as my workplace, thanks for the encouragement and your continued help.