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New York - 2 Famous NYC Public Radio Hosts Suspended After Misconduct Accusations

Published on: December 6, 2017 10:00 PM
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WNYC host's Leonard Lopate (left) and Johnathan Schwartz have been put on leave.  (AP/WNYC handout)WNYC host's Leonard Lopate (left) and Johnathan Schwartz have been put on leave.  (AP/WNYC handout)

New York - Two longtime hosts for a New York City public radio station have been suspended while the station investigates unspecified accusations of inappropriate conduct.

New York Public Radio CEO Laura Walker announced the suspensions of WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz on Wednesday.

She said the company wants to ensure a “harassment-free workplace,” but didn’t give details of accusations.

Lopate told The New York Times he was “baffled.”

He said he hadn’t been told what the allegations were about but expected to be cleared.

WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz said on the air that he had spoken with women who made complaints about both hosts.

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Attempts to find a phone number for Schwartz were not immediately successful.

The move follows reports of harassment by retired WNYC host John Hockenberry, who has apologized.



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 Dec 07, 2017 at 02:01 AM Woman Says:

This getting ridiculous. I don't believe every woman who goes up against public figures has justification - it's like a runaway train. OF COURSE there are sleazeballs everywhere, but what constitutes harassment? A pat on the arm for a job well done? A complement? Perspective, people.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 08:11 AM Educated Archy Says:

Hopefully Brian will go next

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 11:59 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #1  
Woman Says:

This getting ridiculous. I don't believe every woman who goes up against public figures has justification - it's like a runaway train. OF COURSE there are sleazeballs everywhere, but what constitutes harassment? A pat on the arm for a job well done? A complement? Perspective, people.

You have a point and I have no clue if these 2 individuals did anything. This may be a result of overzealousness.

But I will say that generally if a pattern emerges from multiple females independent of each other its a problem. And some times as with Hockenbery there should be some kind of digital records of recorded written conversations within the company.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 05:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Does anyone else feel like all these hundreds of women suddenly coming out of the woodwork is strange, or somewhat unbelievable? I can’t help,thinking that if these alleged acts did occur, why were they never brought up years before? And I’m a woman, for the record,

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 Dec 08, 2017 at 04:28 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Does anyone else feel like all these hundreds of women suddenly coming out of the woodwork is strange, or somewhat unbelievable? I can’t help,thinking that if these alleged acts did occur, why were they never brought up years before? And I’m a woman, for the record,

When a man does this to a woman, her default response is shame. Society is all too quick to assume that it was consensual, and even if not, she might feel dirty, tainted by such an act. If she was a virgin before and not after, she especially has reason not to tell anyone.

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