A Timeline of Garrison Keillor's Alleged Inappropriate Behavior

Garrison Keillor, 2015
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Garrison Keillor performs during 'A Prairie Home Companion' - America The Beautiful tour at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 23, 2015 in Morrison, Colo.

Back in November, Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with A Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor for inappropriate behavior he exhibited with a female colleague. Keillor described the incident as being nothing more than having placed his band on a woman’s back to console her, but an investigation by MPR News found a pattern of behavior that left numerous woman feeling belittled while working with him.

MPR News interviewed more than 60 people who worked with or crossed paths with Keillor, and here are some of the instances where his behavior was deemed inappropriate, in chronological order:

A producer fired from Keillor’s daily The Writer's Almanac program sues MPR after he replaced her with a younger woman, alleging age and sex discrimination.

When Keillor worked as a writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, a 21-year-old college student receives an email in which the radio personality revealed an intense attraction to her.

A woman romantically involved with Keillor is asked to sign a confidentiality agreement so she will not share any personal details about Keillor or his companies and receives a check for $16,000 to keep quiet.

Keillor posts a remark about a young woman who worked in his bookstore and the effect she had on his state of arousal.

A woman details allegations that he placed his hand on her bare back. Keillor stated that he was trying to pat the woman’s back after she had told him about her unhappiness and that the woman’s shirt was open and his hand went up about 6 inches. MPR said in a statement Tuesday that Keillor was accused by a woman who worked on his radio show of dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over several years that she detailed in a 12-page letter that included excerpts of emails and written messages.

Keillor has been terminated from his position and MPR has removed archived A Prairie Home Companion shows featuring Keillor. The network also ended broadcasts of The Writer’s Almanac and Keillor’s Prairie Home shows.


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