Minnesota Public Radio insists it "carefully investigated" complaints from two people of "inappropriate behavior" by Garrison Keillor before it terminated its contracts with the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion".
In response to the MPR News report, Keillor attorney Eric Nilsson issued a statement early Thursday.
MPR President Jon McTaggart held an off-the-record meeting with employees Wednesday, a week after the organization cut ties with Keillor. MPR has not provided details of the allegations.
MPR News reports McTaggart said he alone made the decision to break with Keillor, who retired as "Prairie Home" host previous year. The station said it hasn't made additional details public because the two want privacy. He said he was sacked over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". Keillor told the Star Tribune he touched a woman's bare back as he tried to console her, and that he apologized.
Keillor, who retired as host of the show in 2016, told the AP Wednesday night that MPR shouldn't have dismissed him without a "full and fair investigation".
McTaggart said Wednesday that no one else in the company knows the content of the "multiple allegations" against Keillor that span an extended period of time. "We trust that Mr. McTaggart will set the record straight in this respect to avoid any misperceptions on that point". Nilsson says that the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host wants a swift resolution with MPR and "expects a full restoration of his reputation".
A Prairie Home Companion continues with Keillor's hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.