Garrison Keillor

Name: Garrison Keillor

Age: 75

Role: Former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” on Minnesota Public Radio

Accusations: The initial allegations against Keillor sounded innocuous enough; but it later came out that his abuse of power was as bad as anyone else’s.

Company Reaction: Fired from MPR

Keillor’s Response: “I’ve been fired over a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard. It’s some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, but I’m 75 and don’t have any interest in arguing about this.”

 

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Charlie Rose

Name: Charlie Rose

Age: 50

Role: Co-host of CBS This Morning; also a “60 Minutes” correspondent and host of his own program on PBS.

Accusations: 8 women have accused Rose of sexual harassment

Company Reaction: Fired from CBS News and PBS on Nov. 21, 2017.

Rose’s Response:”I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

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8 Women Say Charlie Rose Sexually Harassed Them – with Nudity, Groping and Lewd Calls, The Washington Post, by Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain, Nov 20, 2017

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Glenn Thrush

Name: Glenn Thrush

Age: 50

Role: Political reporter at the New York Times

Accusations: 4 women accuse Thrush of inappropriate sexual conduct, then following it up by spreading rumors around the workplace that it was the woman who had behaved inappropriately

Company Reaction: Suspended by the New York Times on Nov 20.

Thrush’s Response: Thrush in a statement apologized “to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately.”

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This excellent, in-depth article details not only what happened, but WHY it happened, and why it was so insidious. Why women found it so difficult to fight against Thrush’s insidiously innocuous brand of harassment and belittling.

Exclusive: NYT White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush’s History of Bad Judgment Around Young Women Journalists, Vox.com, by Laura McGann, Nov 20, 2017

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Chris Savino

Name: Chris Savino

Age: 46

Role: Creator of “Loud House” for Nickelodeon

Accusations: A dozen women have accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Company Reaction: Fired from Nickelodeon

Savino’s Response: Savino wrote on Facebook: “I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed. Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and my communications created an uncomfortable environment.”

 

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“Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson said Thursday.

Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami also issued a memo to staff:

Nickelodeon is incredibly successful at the moment and continues to thrive because of the people who work here. You put your heart and soul into what you do. And we are committed to giving you the tools and resources you need to succeed and thrive here.
Something we have long provided, as has the whole of Viacom, is a commitment to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment. It is one of our foundational principles, and it is non-negotiable.
This principle is not an idea that can be pushed solely from the top down. It is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to our culture, to value one another, and to promote inclusivity and respect on all levels.
I have been at the company for more than 30 years, and since the beginning of my time here, I have come into the office, and left it every day, feeling that we are doing good work, that we are good people, and that it is a privilege and responsibility to create great characters and stories for kids.
In the current climate, it feels necessary to say that if you should encounter an uncomfortable situation at work, or witness one, you are safe to speak up. If you hear something, and are unsure of what to do, you are safe to tell your supervisor or Human Resources. If you need help, in any way, you are safe to ask for it.
We value each and every one of you just as much as we collectively value our audience, and I am proud of the incredible brand and business we have built.

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Michael Oreskes

Name: Michael Oreskes

Age: 63

Role: Top editor at NPR

Accusations: 3 women say Oreskes made unwanted sexual advances toward them years ago, when he worked at the New York Times and they were seeking jobs there.

Company Reaction: Oreskes was placed on leave by NPR at the end of October, 2017 & resigned Nov 1.

Oreske’s Response: Admitted wrondoing in an internal memo, saying his behavior was “wrong and inexcusable.”

Roger Ailes

Name: Roger Ailes

Age: 52

Role: Chairman and CEO of Fox News for 20 years

Accusations: First Gretchen Carlson, then Megyn Kelly, accused Ailes of sexual harassment early in their careers. They were followed by some 20 other women.

The Justice Department opened an investigation into Fox News in February, 2017. They’re looking into whether Fox News failed to inform shareholders about the massive settlements that were being paid out for these sexual harassment suits for Ailes and O’Reilly.

Company Reaction: Carlson settled with 21st Century Fox for $20 million

Ailes’s Response:Ailes denied the accusations and called it a “retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract.”

Roger Ailes died May 18, 2017 at the age of 77.

 

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Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes in June, 2016, claiming she had been fired for refusing Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances. While Carlson ultimately settled her lawsuit for $20 million, she also opened the floodgates of women who began coming forward with stories of harassment and assault by not just Roger Ailes but also Bill O’Reilly. One of the women to come forward was Megyn Kelly, who at the time was one of Fox News’s biggest stars.

What ultimately was revealed was that there had been a pervasive culture of not just harassing and assaulting women, but also actively silencing them. Numerous Fox News executives have been accused of having been complicit in the harassment schemes of Ailes and O’Reilly.

But sexual harassment turns out to be the least of Fox News’ problems. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether the network has been truthful with shareholders about the huge settlements it has been paying out for these harassment lawsuits. That investigation in turn has led to a second investigation, which is still ongoing, into whether crimes such as wire fraud were also committed.

Money.CNN.com, by Brian Stelter
July 8 2016

NYMag.com, by Gabriel Sherman 
July 19, 2016

Ailes was forced to resign within a matter of weeks. However he was slated to receive in excess of $40 million, the amount due on his multi-year contract with Fox. There was much speculation about Ailes’ options, post-Fox. One was to join the Donald Trump campaign. However, Ailes died just a month after stepping down from Fox.

Money.CNN.com, by Brian  Stelter
July 21, 2016

Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News host, files a lawsuit against Roger Ailes on July 6, 2016. In it, she claimed she was terminated for refusing Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances. Ailes denies the allegations, but ultimately settles with Carlson for $20 million on Sept 6, 2016.

Megyn Kelly

Instead of joining the pro-Ailes voices, Kelly, one of Fox News’s biggest stars at the time, came out publicly with accusations that Ailes had sexually harassed her a decade earlier.

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Laurie Luhn

While most of Ailes’ accusers rebuffed his advances, Luhn gave in to him; resulting in a sexual involvement with Ailes that listed many years. Despite this fact, she says she felt “psychologically tortured” by what he did to her.

Read Luhn’s lurid tale for yourself, to understand how such a thing could be possible.

Andrea Tantaros

“Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that she was sexually harassed by former network chief Roger Ailes and host Bill O’Reilly. The suit, which describes Fox News as a misogynistic, sex-fueled cult, also alleges that newly appointed Fox News co-president Bill Shine encouraged her to drop her harassment claims.”

Read more: Money.CNN.com, by Dylan Byers, Aug 23, 2016

Juliet Huddy

(this one is about Bill O’Reilly)

Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News.

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Matt Lauer

Name: Matt Lauer

Age: 61

Role: Anchor, NBC’s The Today Show

Accusations: 8 female co-workers have accused Lauer of workplace assault and harrassment (some anonymously); dozens more have spoken of 2 decades of abuse of power and flagrant verbal sexual harassment.

Company Reaction: Fired from NBC on Oct 17, 2017 – see the tweet

Lauer’s Response: Statement of apology on Oct 17, 2017 – read his statement

 

Here we would list 1, 2 or 3 articles that we as editors think most accurately and/or comprehensively captures what’s important about the set of allegations against this person. For each we include a one-paragraph summary.

Variety Magazine

conducted a 2-month investigation, during which many of Lauer’s current and past co-workers said the sexual harassment and assault was rampant. Read the story here

Need editorial summary

These are the 3 (5? 10? ) most ____ (notorious? Impactful? first???) of Matt Lauer’s accusers.

Click here {link} for the full list; as well as links to all the reporting about the accusers and their stories.

Anonymous Accuser #1

The accuser who catalyzed Matt Lauer’s firing remains anonymous, but it has been reported that his harassment and assault of her began while they were covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics together. She and her attorney brought her accusations to NBC’s HR department on Oct ___, 2017 and Matt Lauer was fired by the network within 48 hours.

More about Anonymous Accuser #1: {link}

Anonymous Accuser #2:

Another of Matt Lauer’s anonymous accusers is a subordinate who claims that after Lauer asked her to his office, he locked the door and bent her over a chair to have intercourse. She passed out during the incident and awoke on the floor, at which time Lauer called the nurse.

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Addie Zinone

Present age: 41

Age at incident: 24

Role/relationship at incident: Production Assistant at NBC news

Accusation: an abuse of power that led to a month-long consensual relationship

Addie’s story: Variety.com by Ramin Satoodeh, Dec 14, 2017

More about Addie {link} so far the only thing I’ve found that would go on a “more” page is her video interview with Megyn Kelly – unless the link for more about Addie just goes to her section of the list of all the accusers, mentioned above??

Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC News, released the following statement on ___: I can’t find a link to this statement – it would be better to do that than to print it here. Also I”m pretty sure this isn’t the full statement…

“Dear colleagues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Today Show host Savannah Guthrie and guest host Hoda Kotb took the air later that day to read the statement and give their reaction to their viewers. See the video here.

Matt Lauer’s only response has been to release the following statement on Oct __, 2017:

There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.

I can’t find a link to this statement – it would be better to do that than to print it here.

Ann Curry on CBS This Morning  

Corey Feldman, on The Dr. Oz Show

I haven’t been able to find a clip of him actually on the show…

The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2917

By Ellen Gabler, Jim Rutenberg, MichaelM. Grynbaum and Rachel Abrams

 

Mark Halperin

Name: Mark Halperin

Age: 52

Role: Political analyst and NBC News and MSNBC contributor; formerly of ABC News; author of several books

Accusations: More than a dozen named and anonymous female colleagues accuse Halperin of harassment and assault – including sitting on his lap while having an erection – during his tenure at ABC News in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

It’s notable that Halperin says he sought help, and he “feels confident” that all his colleagues during his later time at NBC and MSNBC had a very different set of experiences with him.

Company Reaction: Fired from MSNBC on Oct 17, 2017; contract with NBC News terminated on Oct 30, 2017; projects canceled with Penguin Press, Showtime and with HBO.

Halperin’s Response: “I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions.” Read his full statement on Twitter.

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At least a dozen women who worked with Halperin at ABC News in the 90’s and early 2000’s have accused him of a range of sexually inappropriate behavior.

Several of his accusers have told their individual stories on the record, and you can find that journalism on the “Accusers” tab.

The first story to break was in CNN. “The stories of harassment shared with CNN range in nature from propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing one’s breasts against her will. Three of the women who spoke to CNN described Halperin as, without consent, pressing an erection against their bodies while he was clothed.”

Five women accuse journalist and ‘Game Change’ co-author Mark Halperin of sexual harassment
Money.CNN.com
by Oliver Darcy 
October 26, 2017

Then a second story came out in the Washington Post. This one named names, and painted a fuller picture of a man who “did a lot of inappropriate and creepy things. He would suggest that you come to his hotel room at late hours. He would call you at 2 in the morning — and not to discuss anything work-related. It was not okay. It was unwarranted and unwanted.”

I don’t want to sit on your lap,’ she thought. But, she alleges, Mark Halperin insisted,
The Washington Post
by Paul Farhi
October 26, 2017

And then a third story in CNN told of 4 more additional anonymous accusers, bringing the total to at least a dozen. This story details the 4 women’s accusations:

Four more women accuse Mark Halperin of harassment, bringing the total to at least a dozen,
Money.CNN.com 
by Oliver Darcy
October 27, 2017

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Unless otherwise noted, the stories of these accusers can be found in the articles listed on the Big Picture tab.

Lara Setrakian:

Lara first told her story anonymously to CNN; shortly thereafter, she came forward publicly with her story. She was invited to visit Halperin’s office in the early 2000s, when he was political director at ABC News, to have a soda, and said that while she was there with him he forcibly kissed her and pressed his genitals against her body.
Read Lara’s story here, in The Washington Post from Oct 27, 2017

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Dianna Goldberg

Dianna was a young researcher at ABC News in 1994 when Halperin called her into his office and invited her to sit on his lap. He had an erection. This happened 3 or 4 times. “I didn’t know what to do,” said May [the married name she now goes by], now a lawyer. “He was important. He wasn’t my superior, but he was certainly in a superior position to mine. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t know how to at the time. I knew it was wrong.”
Read Dianna’s story here in The Washington Post, from Oct 26, 2017

Eleanor McManus

As a 21 year old recent college grad, Eleanor reached out to Halperin for career advice. She was pleased and flattered when he agreed to meet with her. But then he sat too close to her on the couch in his office, and when the meeting ended, he tried to kiss her “and a little bit more.”

Read Eleanor’s story here on CNN from Oct 27, 2017

Eleanor sat down for an interview with Megyn Kelly on Oct 30, 2017. Her story begins at the 2-minute mark. Click to view it.

Emily Miller

Emily wrote on Twitter and Facebook that she was “sexually assaulted” by Halperin when she worked for ABC News.

Clarissa Ward

This CNN senior correspondent who once worked with Halperin at ABC News tweeted that Halperin’s bad behavior “was an open secret.”

Anonymous Accuser #1:

Another former ABC News employee, who was about 25 at the time, said Halperin would frequently press his genitals against her, despite being rebuffed. He also propositioned her for sex on the 2004 campaign trail.

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Anonymous Accuser #2:

Another former ABC News employee says that once when she went to the ladies room, she emerged to find Halperin standing just outside the door, almost blocking her. He suggested they go into the bathroom to have sex. 

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Anonymous Accuser #3:

While on the campaign trail in 2004, another ABC News junior staffer says that Halperin suggested they go up to her hotel room and have sex.

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Anonymous Accuser #4

An ABC News Desk assistant in her early 20’s asked Halperin for career advice. He invited her to his office after 10pm and sat at his desk, with her sitting in a chair across from him, and masturbated throughout their conversation.

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Anonymous Accuser #5

While an intern at the White House in the late 90’s, Halperin offered her career advice. They went to lunch in Manhattan, and at the end of it Halperin threw her forcibly against the glass window of the restaurant and tried to kiss her.

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Anonymous Accuser #6

While a desk assistant on “World News Tonight” in the fall of 2006, another woman says Halperin pursued her in the office. Trying to kiss her, asking her if she had a boyfriend – despite the woman rebuffing Halperin repeatedly.

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Anonymous Accuser #7

Another woman, while a 19-year-old intern in 1995, says Halperin offered to help her do research. He went with her into a tiny 1-person viewing booth in a museum, at which point she noticed he had an erection. She fled, while he called after her that they should get margaritas.

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MSNBC announced it has removed Halperin from his role as a political contributor at the network.

The book Halperin was working on about the 2016 presidential election has been canceled.

HBO has pulled the plug on a project the network was planning with him.

ABC News said in a statement, “Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.”

Mark Halperin tweeted a statement on Oct 27, 2017, in which he more or less apologized and took responsibility for his actions.

MSNBC co-host of “Morning Joe” Mika Brezinski elicited quite a backlash when she made some remarks about Halperin on her show. Her intention seemed to be to facilitate a personal apology from Halperin to his accusers; but the general response from the accusers was to get angry.

MSNBC host Mika Brezinski apologizes for remarks about Mark Halperin victims
Money.CNN.com
by Oliver Darcy 
Dec 24, 2017