Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Garrison Keillor Fired After Sexual Assault Allegations

Garrison Keillor Fired After Sexual Assault Allegations

The Minnesota station fired Keillor - who founded and hosted "A Prairie Home Companion" for four decades and "The Writer's Almanac" since 1993 - saying in a statement that the station had learned "of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with" Keillor, who is 75. According to USA Today, Keillor's response to the termination was explained in an email to the Associated Press as being caused by, "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". The 75-year-old didn't share details of the allegation.

Keillor retired as host of Prairie Home in 2016 and was succeeded by the show's former mandolinist, Chris Thile, but still continued to work. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing ...

Keillor started "A Prairie Home Companion" as a Saturday evening show in 1974, featuring tales of his fictional Minnesota hometown of Lake Wobegon "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average".

"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", MPR president Jon McTaggart said. "She recoiled. I apologized", Keillor said.

Keillor told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he meant to pat the woman on the back but, "her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches". "I sent her an e-mail of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it". He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer. MPR said there are presently no similar allegations involving other staff. "I only wish it could've been for something more heroic".

"We have admired numerous columns Keillor has written on a weekly basis for the Washington Post syndicate and news service over the past 18 months", he added, "but we do not intend to publish his columns in the future". "Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation". Al Franken should resign his seat over allegations he groped radio host Leann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour before he was elected to public office.

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