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Garrison Keillor said several sexually suggestive emails exchanged with a former researcher on his A Prairie Home Companion radio show were 'romantic writing' that never led to a physical relationship.
In one of his first extended interviews since Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with him over the woman's sexual harassment claims, Keillor told the Associated Press that he rejected the idea that his status as the woman's boss meant he could have committed sexual harassment.
MPR - Keillor - Contracts - November - Allegations
MPR terminated Keillor's contracts on November 29, after receiving allegations of 'inappropriate behavior' against him in October.
Keillor said he wasn't really the boss around the radio show and had no control over the woman. The woman, however, said in an emailed response via her attorney that Keillor had power over her job assignments and opportunities, and she feared saying no to him would hurt her future.
Woman - Claims - Actions - Keillor - Radio
The woman's claims referred to actions which allegedly occurred while Keillor, 75, was hosting the popular radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, which he created in 1974. After he retired as host in 2016, the show was renamed Live From Here, with Keillor staying on as an executive producer until MPR ended his contracts in November 2017.
After an investigation of 'excerpts of e-mails and written messages, requests for sexual contact and explicit descriptions of sexual communications and touching,' MPR decided that Keillor's alleged actions constituted improper behavior towards the woman who filed the claims.
Keillor - Attorney - Eric - Nilsson - Star
Keillor's attorney, Eric Nilsson told The Star Tribune that the woman, who has not been named, is asking for a financial settlement in the 'high six figures' from both Keillor and his production company.
Keillor gave The Star Tribune access to hundred of emails between himself and the female employee, who is said to have been a freelance researcher on A Prairie Home Companion for...
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