‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Is Dead: Show Will Be Renamed, Old Episodes Retired



“A Prairie Home Companion” is dead.
The long-running variety show, once synonymous with public radio and a staple of relaxing weekend drives, is losing its name after former host Garrison Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday over accusations of “improper behavior.”
MPR announced the rebrand of the 43-year-old weekly program in its statement on Keillor’s firing, saying the show, currently hosted by Chris Thile, will continue under a new title. MPR will also stop rebroadcasting past episodes of “Prairie Home Companion” hosted by Keillor.
It is a stunningly swift end for a show beloved my many listeners for taking things slow. The folksy music, hokey jokes and gentle parodies felt like a throwback to a time when Americans looked to their neighbors for entertainment, and their neighbors provided it in the form of plucked strings and charming stories.
Seen by many as the Johnny Carson of public radio, Keillor created “A Prairie Home Companion” in 1974. It was set largely in the the fictional town of Lake Wobegon — “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”
Keillor, 75, told the Associated Press of his firing over email saying he was terminated over a “story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”
Keillor handed the show off to Thile last year. He continued to produce “The Writer’s Room” for American Public Media after leaving “APHC,” but MPR and APM said it had severed “all business relationships” with Keillor, effective immediately.
“Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances,” said MPR President John McTaggart in a statement. “While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service.”
MPR said in a statement it had fired Keillor after retaining an outside law firm to investigate the allegations.
“Last month, MPR was notified of the allegations which relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC). MPR President Jon McTaggart immediately informed the MPR Board Chair, and a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel,” read the statement. “In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing.”

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry.
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Brett Ratner
Six women have accused the director and producer of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner’s lawyer says no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from Ratner.
Fallout: Ratner chose to personally step away from all Warner Bros. related activities, and Playboy put Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold. Ratner has filed a libel lawsuit against one of his accusers, Melanie Kohler. 
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James Toback
Hundreds of women contacted an LA Times reporter to accuse Toback of sexual harassment and assault, including Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore and Caterina Scorsone.
Fallout: Just before the LA Times story broke, Toback told Rolling Stone that anyone who has accused him, “is a lying c—sucker or c— or both.” Toback and Harvey Weinstein are both under investigation by the Beverly Hills police department.
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Mark Halperin
Halperin sexually harassed five women while political director at ABC News over a decade ago. A sixth woman, journalist Emily Miller, said she was “attacked” by him.
Fallout: NBC News terminated Halperin’s contract as a special contributor, Showtime, which airs Halperin’s show “The Circus,” cut ties with the journalist, and CAA dropped him from their client list. Halperin issued a lengthy public apology.
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Kevin Spacey 
Actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey made a sexual advance on him three decades ago when Rapp was 14. More than a dozen other individuals subsequently came forward with claims of sexual harassment or assault, including an anonymous former actor who said Spacey tried to rape him when he was 14. 
Fallout: Spacey apologized to Rapp and also came out as gay, which was widely criticized. Netflix since announced that “House of Cards” would end and halted production on the sixth and final season. The Old Vic theater in London, where Spacey was artistic director, also opened a confidential tip line.
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Louis C.K. 
Five women accused C.K. of masturbating in front of them or requesting to in a New York Times report. The comedian later admitted the allegations were true in a statement, stopping short of apologizing for the behavior. 
Fallout: HBO, Netflix, FX and TBS all cut ties with the comedian, dropping his projects from their networks. The premiere of his film “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled, and he was cut from “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” His publicist, manager and touring agent all dropped him as a client.
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Dustin Hoffman
Anna Graham Hunter, who worked with Hoffman as a production assistant, said Hoffman attempted to grope her four times and made a lewd comment while on set.
Fallout: Hoffman issued an apology, saying it was “not reflective of who I am.” Later that same day, a second woman accused him of sexual harassment.
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Michael Oreskes
Two women told The Washington Post Oreskes made unwanted sexual contact towards them while he was Washington bureau chief of The New York Times.
Fallout: Oreskes was forced to resign as Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director at NPR.
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Jeremy Piven
Actress Ariane Bellamar, a former Playboy Playmate, tweeted that Piven groped her on the set of “Entourage” and at the Playboy Mansion, twice cornering and fondling her. Actress Cassidy Freeman later accused Piven of “predatory behavior.”
Fallout: CBS is looking into the situation, and Piven has “unequivocally” denied the allegations and offered to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.
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Ed Westwick 
The “Gossip Girl” star has been accused of sexual assault by two women, including actress Kristina Cohen, who said Westwick forced himself on her while she was napping at his house. Westwick denied the allegations, calling them “provably untrue.” 
Fallout: Westwick said he was “cooperating with the authorities” on an investigation to clear his name. The BBC announced that it pulled his drama series “Ordeal by Innocence” from its schedule, and the production company behind the series “White Gold” said he had “paused” filming in light of the allegations.
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Andy Dick
Sources close to the production “Raising Buchanan” told The Hollywood Reporter Dick’s misconduct on set included kissing, licking, groping and making lewd propositions toward at least four members of the production.
Fallout: Dick was fired from the production of “Raising Buchanan” and from the film “Vampire Dad.” Dick denied the groping claims but said it was “possible” he licked people.
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Roy Price
Amazon Studios head Price allegedly told “The Man in the High Castle” producer Isa Hackett, “You’ll love my dick,” during a cab ride.
Fallout: Amazon placed Price on a leave of absence.   
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Chris Savino
Several female employees at Nickelodeon accused “The Loud House” showrunner of sexual assault, with 12 other women accusing him of sexual misconduct and threats of being blacklisted.
Fallout: Nickelodeon fired Savino, but will continue to air and produce the show. Savino has since apologized. 
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Andrew Kramer
Lionsgate international COO Kramer was investigated for an accusation of inappropriate behavior toward a female assistant.
Fallout: Kramer left Lionsgate, but the company’s internal investigation was ruled “inconclusive.”

Ken Baker
Three women anonymously spoke with TheWrap claiming Baker, an E! News correspondent, sent inappropriate text messages and in one instance groped a woman at a party.
Fallout: E! is investigating the accusations and Baker will not appear on air during the investigation. Baker said in a statement to TheWrap that the “anonymous allegations are simply not true, and, frankly, are heartbreaking to hear.”     

Ben Affleck
Affleck grabbed actress Hilarie Burton’s left breast while on air during an appearance together on MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
Fallout: Affleck wrote on Twitter, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”  
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Andy Signore
Several women alleged sexual misconduct against Signore, the creator of the YouTube series “Honest Trailers.” Signore was accused of sexual assault, sending inappropriate messages and making lewd comments to employees.
Fallout: His employers at Defy Media and Screen Junkies fired Signore following an investigation.
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Bill O’Reilly
After being fired from Fox News earlier in April, it was reported in October by the New York Times that O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment claims from a coworker.
Fallout: O’Reilly told Matt Lauer he’d done “absolutely nothing wrong” and that this was “a political and financial hit job.”
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Tyler Grasham
Actor Blaise Godbe Lipman said APA agent Grasham fed him alcohol and sexually assaulted him when the actor was in his late teens. Actor Tyler Cornell filed a police report claiming the agent sodomized him. And teen Brady Lindsey described predatory behavior by Grasham. 
Fallout: Actors Finn Wolfhard and Cameron Boyce left the agency, and Grasham was fired.

Rick Najera
Najera, director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, made inappropriate and lewd comments to coworkers in multiple instances. Actress Rachel Bloom sent an email to participants warning of his behavior.
Fallout: Najera resigned from his role and issued a statement saying he was “heartbroken and confounded by deliberate and cruel defamations.”
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David Corn
Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau Chief was investigated for the second time in three years for claims of inappropriate physical conduct and “rape jokes” in light of two emails from former staffers in 2014 and 2015, according to Politico. 
Fallout: Mother Jones’ CEO said that in the initial investigation, they determined there was “no misconduct.” Corn denied the allegations but said it was possible his past actions had been misinterpreted.  

Kirt Webster
Former country singer Austin Rick accused Webster, a veteran Nashville publicist, of repeatedly sexually assaulting, drugging and violating him in 2008 when Rick was 18.
Fallout: Webster will step down from his company Webster Public Relations and the company’s name will be changed. 
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David Guillod
Actress Jessica Barth told TheWrap she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Guillod, the co-CEO of talent and literary management company Primary Wave Entertainment, back in 2012. Three additional women later accused Guillod of rape.
Fallout: Guillod announced he would take an immediate leave of absence from the company. Barth also approached the LAPD to revive her attempt to bring criminal charges. 

Hamilton Fish
Several female employees at The New Republic, where Fish is president and publisher, came forward about workplace interactions that have made “an uncomfortable environment,” according to the New York Times.
Fallout: The magazine’s owner Win McCormack asked Fish to remain on a leave of absence, pending an investigation. 
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Adam Venit
Actor Terry Crews disclosed on Twitter that a Hollywood executive “groped his privates,” and sources told Variety that Crews was preparing to name Venit as the unnamed executive. 
Fallout: Venit has been placed on leave by WME. 
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Leon Wieseltier 
The legendary former New Republic editor responded to multiple allegations of sexual harassment with a statement saying, “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.” 
Fallout: The financial backer of a culture magazine Wieseltier had planned to launch announced that the magazine was suspended. 

Jann Wenner 
Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner was accused of offering to trade sex for work by freelance journalist Ben Ryan. Wenner acknowledged the incident but denied any instance of quid pro quo.

Matt Zimmerman
NBC Universal Senior Vice President for Booking, News & Entertainment Matt Zimmerman “engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap.
Fallout: Zimmerman has been fired for sexual misconduct from NBCU.
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Andrew Kreisberg
Kreisberg, the co-creator and executive producer of “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl,” is accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact with 15 women and four men over a number of years, many of whom worked on shows Kreisberg produced, according to Variety.
Fallout: Warner Bros. Television fired Kreisberg. “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist along with other co-stars called for change in Hollywood following the allegations. 
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Matthew Weiner
“Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon told The Information that Weiner once said to her “that [she] owed it to him to let him see [her] naked” while they were working alone together late at night.
Fallout: Weiner denied the accusation through a spokesperson, saying, “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
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Jeffrey Tambor
Van Barnes, a transgender actress and former assistant to Tambor, posted a private accusation to her social media but had no additional comment for the media. Trace Lysette, another “Transparent” actress, also came forward claiming Tambor sexually harassed her. 
Fallout: Amazon is conducting an investigation. Following reports that the show was exploring options to write Tambor’s character out of the show, Tambor issued a statement stepping away from the show, though Amazon and Tambor have not come to an official decision to part ways. 
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Richard Dreyfuss
Following Dreyfuss coming out in support of his son Harry’s accusations against Kevin Spacey, writer Jessica Teich told Vulture that while working together, Dreyfuss exposed himself to her, made numerous advances over months and created an unsafe work environment.
Fallout: Dreyfuss “emphatically” denied exposing himself but said he “became an a–hole” in the late ’70s and “flirted with all the women.”
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Gary Goddard
Actor Anthony Edwards said producer and director Goddard molested him when he was a child and raped his friend over the course of several years. In 2014, Goddard was named in a lawsuit that was later dropped by Michael Egan, alongside “X-Men” director Bryan Singer and two other executives, accusing them of sexually abusing him as a teenager.
Fallout: Goddard has taken a leave of absence amid the allegations. Goddard’s publicist Sam Singer “unequivocally” denied the accusation and said Goddard was a “mentor, teacher and a friend” to Edwards.   
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George Takei
Model Scott R. Brunton told THR that after two drinks with Takei, he passed out and awoke with his pants down around his ankles and Takei was “groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off.”
Fallout: Takei said he was “shocked and bewildered” by the claims. A recent clip from the Howard Stern Show in which the host and Takei talk about grabbing men’s genitals has since gone viral. 
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Stephen Blackwell
Former intern Amy Rose Spiegel accused Blackwell, Billboard’s Chief Strategy Officer, of sexually harassing her when she was 19, along with other women who reported directly to him.
Fallout: Blackwell resigned from his position with Billboard. 
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Glenn Thrush
New York Times political reporter Glenn Thrush was accused of sexual misconduct by several female journalists. Vox had obtained text messages between Thrush and a 23-year-old journalist in a larger report alleging unwanted groping and kissing. 
Fallout: The Times suspended Thrush, but he will for now remain an MSNBC correspondent as they await the outcome of the Times investigation. Thrush issued a full statement he’s never offered mentorship or advice with an expectation of something in return. 
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Al Franken
Radio host Leeann Tweeden said sitting U.S. Senator Al Franken groped and kissed her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour. A second woman also came forward accusing Franken of inappropriately grabbing her. 
Fallout: Franken apologized to Tweeden and said he would comply with a Senate ethics investigation. Female staffers who worked with Franken at “Saturday Night Live” have come forward defending the senator. 
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Murray Miller
Actress Aurora Perrinaeu filed a police report accusing “Girls” writer and executive producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was underage.
Fallout: Miller’s attorney said he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims.” “Girls” creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner initially defended Miller, saying this was “one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.” She has retracted that statement.  
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Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest was accused by an “E! News” wardrobe stylist of inappropriate behavior. The accusations have not been made public.
Fallout: E! opened an investigation and Seacrest denied the allegations. 
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Cameron Mitchell
The CAA agent was accused of sexual harassment and assault by actress Demi Mann.
Fallout: CAA fired Mitchell following an internal investigation. Mitchell “emphatically” denied Mann’s accusations in a press statement.

Mark Schwahn
“One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton said showrunner Mark Schwahn forced himself on her on multiple occasions and issued a joint statement with the other women of the cast and crew.
Fallout: Schwahn was suspended by E! as the showrunner for “The Royals.” 
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Russell Simmons
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi said in an L.A. Times article that the Def Jam producer Simmons sexually assaulted her back in 1991 when she was 17 and that Brett Ratner watched. 
Fallout: Simmons confirmed that the two had med but said everything that happened was “completely consensual.” 
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Charlie Rose
Eight women told the Washington Post that veteran newsman Charlie Rose engaged in a variety of unwanted sexual ways, including groping, making unwanted sexual advances and walking in front of them nude.
Fallout: Rose issued an apology; CBS, Bloomberg and PBS have cut ties with him.  
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John Lasseter
Former Pixar employees said in a Hollywood Reporter article that Oscar-winning animation boss John Lasseter made a habit of “grabbing, kissing, makingabout physical attributes” of women at the company.
Fallout: Lasseter announced he would take a six-month sabbatical from Disney and Pixar and apologized for “missteps” with staffers. 
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Nick Carter
Melissa Schuman, a member of the all-girl pop group Dream, wrote in a blog post that Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment in 2002. She wrote she was 18 and a virgin at the time.
Fallout: Carter denied the allegations. 
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Ethan Kath
Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass accused her bandmate Ethan Kath (real name Claudio Palmieri) of physical, emotional, sexual and psychological abuse over many years. Glass detailed her history with Kath in a blog post on her website explaining her decision to leave the band.
Fallout: Kath issued a statement via his attorney to Pitchfork denying the accusations: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” he said. “Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options. Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”
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Benny Medina
Actor Jason Dottley accused manager Benny Medina, whose clients include Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey, of attempting to rape him in 2008 in Medina’s Los Angeles home. 
Fallout: Medina’s attorney’s told The Advocate he “categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape.”
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Twiggy Ramirez (right)
Jessicka Addams, a singer for band Jack Off Jill, accused the former bandmate of Marilyn Manson, Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White), of raping her while they were dating. 
Fallout: Manson said on Twitter that he would be parting ways with Ramirez. 
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Terry Richardson
Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson was accused by model Emma J. Appleton of offering a photo shoot in exchange for sex. 
Fallout: Vogue said they will no longer work with Richardson, and he has been blacklisted from Condé Nast International.
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Steven Seagal
Several women — including Portia de Rossi, Jenny McCarthy, Julianna Marguiles, Eva LaRue and model Faviola Dadis — accused Steven Seagal of sexual harassment and assault, including exposing himself and asking them to undress, during auditions. 
Fallout: Seagal has not responded to the allegations. 
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Sylvester Stallone
A Daily Mail article said a police report had accused Sylvester Stallone of sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl back in 1986. It went on to say that the unnamed teen was “intimidated” into having sex with Stallone and his bodyguard, Michael De Luca. 
Fallout: Stallone’s publicist said the report was a “ridiculous, categorically false story,” and Stallone’s spokesperson said, “at no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”
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Tom Sizemore
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother Sizemore had touched her genitals. He returned to the set for reshoots after the child’s parents declined to press charges. A dozen cast and crew members confirmed to THR that Sizemore was sent home.
Fallout: Sizemore denied the allegations at the time and the actress, now 26, declined toto THR. 

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Bob Weinstein (left)
Bob Weinstein, brother to Harvey, was accused of sexual harassment by TV producer Amanda Segel, who said Weinstein repeatedly invited her to his home and hotel room over the course of a three-month period. 
Fallout: Spike TV told the Associated Press they are investigating the claims. 
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Evan Stephens Hall
Evan Stephens Hall, the singer and songwriter behind the indie rock band Pinegrove, wrote in a statement on the band’s Facebook page that he was accused of “sexual coercion.” Hall wrote that he “monumentally misread the situation” and “caused someone I care about deep emotional pain and I’m so sorry.”
Fallout: Pinegrove has cancelled their upcoming tour. 
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Matt Lauer
The long-time “Today” show host was accused of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” A staffer issued NBC News chairman a “detailed complaint.” 
Fallout: Lauer was fired from “Today.” 
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David Sweeney
Three female journalists at NPR filed complaints of sexual harassment against NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney, including Sweeney attempting to give unexpected and unwanted kisses and gifts. 
Fallout: Sweeney departed NPR following an internal review of his conduct. 

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry.

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