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Tavis Smiley to Pay $1.5 Million for Sexual Misconduct



Tavis Smiley, the former PBS host, is officially ordered to pay $1.5 million to his employer after he was fired for allegations regarding sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Smiley was first suspended in 2017 during the height of the #metoo movement.

There were many allegations which surfaced from the staff. His nightly program that started airing on PBS in 2004 was suspended.

The company decided after an investigation following his behavior and they reported that they have “uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.”

According to allegations, he had sexual relationships with many of the staff members and some of them felt that the relationship felt that it was connected to their employment status thus creating a hostile working scene.

In 2017, sources said that the company hired an outside law firm to investigate Smiley and interviewed about 10 employees from TS Media, others were former employees.
Racial bias was his allegation to the PBS.

He first sued them in D.C. Superior Court and said he was wrongly terminated without proof though he had acknowledged that he had some romantic relationships with his colleagues at the span of his career and was saying it was consensual.

He was seeking $1 million in cases. PBS made a counter-sued and said that Smiley owed the company for the season that didn’t air -$1.9 million in remaining production budget money cited to be returned.

Smiley has been with PBS for more than 10 years and broadcasted to more than 200 stations all over the country. He is black and was the only man who had become the sole host in the history of the network according to the lawsuit.

The issue of the network’s moral clause said romantic relationships in the working scene is not allowed and also noting that employees are not allowed to act in a way that would impact the employee or the network in a negative way.

6 female employees were heard by the jurors and were describing the misconduct. The former host denied the allegations. It took one day for the jury to finally reach a verdict for the civil case.

A spokesperson for PBS said, “We are pleased with the jury’s decision. PBS expects our producing partners to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect. It was important for us to ensure that the courageous women who came forward were able to share their stories, and we continue to uphold the values and standards of our organization.”

Tina Tchen, President and CEO of Time’s Up Foundation made a statement too, “We owe a debt of gratitude to the six women who bravely spoke out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of Tavis Smiley. Because of their voices and determination, and PBS’s fight against harassment, today another jury believed the women and reinforced their right to a safe and dignified work in a history-making verdict.”

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BLACKPINK With a Hat-Trick As They Once Again Retain The #1 Spot In NEW K.ID’s Weekly Chart



BLACKPINK With a Hat-Trick As They Once Again Retain The #1 Spot In NEW K.ID’s Weekly Chart

NEW K.ID, the No.1 TV channel for all K-Pop entertainment and source (, announced its weekly chart for the 3rd week of August.

BLACKPINK retains its #1 spot in the NEW K.ID’s weekly chart for three consecutive weeks as they tie with WINNER’s previous record. BLACKPINK has announced a new single dropping on August 28th which will be a collaboration with American pop star, Selena Gomez. Selena Gomez also recently teased her collaboration with BLACKPINK on her Instagram post captioned, “SELPINK pulling up soon. 8/28”.

Photo: Instagram @selenagomez

Following their release of the single, BLACKPINK will be releasing their first debut album on October 2nd.


PENTAGON, SHINee, GWSN, and N.Flying all retained their spots in TOP5. The 6th place, WINNER, celebrated their 6th year debut anniversary. MINO posted a photo of WINNER on his Instagram, celebrating the time and unforgettable memories that they have spent together for the last 6 years. 

Photo: Instagram @realllllmino

Ranked at #9, SF9’s Rowoon has been named as ‘The North Face white label’s F/W’ model and its brand ambassador. With a height over 6’3’’, Rowoon not only has a youthful personality but also has various talents as he can both sing and act in various entertainment fields. The North Face saw that Rowoon’s versatility perfectly matched its brand image and decided to partner with Rowoon.

Coming in at #10, DAY6’s sub-unit, Even of Day, is releasing a new album, ‘The Book of Us: Gluon – Nothing can tear us apart’ on August 31st. All 7 songs in the album are written and produced by the Even of Day members. Young K is expected to play guitar in place of Sungjin and Jae. JYP’s representative commented, “Young K showed his expertise on the bass guitar and will continue to play more instruments.” It was also mentioned that Wonpil’s synthesizer and Dowoon’s electronic drum will be key in this album.

Additionally, in last week’s ‘2020 SORIBADA BEST K-MUSIC AWARDS’, GWSN and LOONA won New Wave New Artist Awards while GFRIEND took the main prize (bonsang) home.

NEW K.ID, the only TV channel that allows viewers to enjoy K-POP Idol-related content programming 24/7 and exclusive episodes curated from 10K+ videos, is available at CH 511 for free on LG Smart TVs and XUMO apps on all Internet-connected devices.

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Death after unmasked arrest – Mexico Floyd

The official reason for the arrest revealed by the police is not known, but the video footage posted on social media at the time of the arrest suggests that the reason is “not wearing a mask.”



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Amid a stir across the U.S. over the “George Floyd” incident that killed white police abuses, similar cases of abuse of public power have been revealed in Mexico, sparking public outrage.

The daily El Universal has been protesting against the incident since it was belatedly revealed that construction worker Giovanni Lopez died the next day after being arrested by police in Guadalajara, western Mexico, on April 4.

The official reason for the arrest revealed by the police is not known, but the video footage posted on social media at the time of the arrest suggests that the reason is “not wearing a mask.”

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