PBS Scores $1.5M Jury Win In Tavis Smiley #MeToo Case

By Braden Campbell (March 4, 2020, 2:16 PM EST) -- A Washington, D.C., jury found Wednesday that PBS cut ties with talk show host Tavis Smiley because he had improper sexual relationships with subordinates and not because he's black, awarding the broadcaster $1.5 million.

A Superior Court jury ruled in PBS' favor on all counts following a trial on dueling contract breach claims with the ex-host, whom PBS said it fired for violating a "morals clause" in his contract. The verdict means PBS can claw back $1.486 million it gave Smiley to fund his show.

"PBS expects our producing partners to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated...

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