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The same radio network that suspended its top news director this week for years of sexual harassment allegations once hired a controversial Washington Post writer whose history of sexual harassment allegations was well known.
Juan Williams, 63, joined National Public Radio in 2000, working first as the host of Talk of the Nation and later as a senior national correspondent, despite being at the center of a widely reported sexual harassment scandal at The Washington Post a decade earlier.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 3: (L-R) Felix Salmon, Reuters Correspondent, Juan Williams, FOX News host, and Charlie Rose, host of Charlie Rose attend An Evening With The Guardian at Industria Studios on May 3, 2012 in New York City.
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Post newsroom employees said that Williams had, for years, commented on their bodies, asked them about their sex lives, and said things that were "lewd" and "shocking." Nancy McKeon, then the features editor of the Post Magazine, told Newsweek she remembers Williams asking women, “Did your heels hit the ceiling last night?” and saying, “Now there’s a chair I’d like to sniff” when one employee stood up from her seat.
The comments were known and were even covered by the Washington Post at the time. But NPR hired Williams anyway.
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“This is ancient,” Williams said when Newsweek reached out to him. When asked if the allegations were true, he declined to answer.
The Williams case, resurfacing in the days after NPR fired news director Michael Oreskes for allegedly harassing women when he worked at the radio network and, before that, at the New York Times, raises questions about how difficult it is to root out harassment even when there are many allegations against an offender.
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