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Top NPR & The Former New York Times Executive, Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Is Placed On Leave

Updated On 01 Nov, 2017 Published On

The head of National Public Radio’s news department, Michael Oreskes, has been placed on leave since Tuesday after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault by two women who claimed that he made unwanted advances toward them while working at the New York Times nearly 20 years ago.

Both of the women claimed Michael kissed them and stuck his tongue in their mouths as they had approached him about working at the NYT in the late 1990s when  Michael was the paper’s Washington bureau chief.

The allegations against the 63-year-old Michael were first reported by The Washington Post.

Top NPR & The Former New York Times Executive, Michael Oreskes, Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Is Placed On Leave

Top NPR & The Former New York Times Executive, Michael OreskesAccused Of Sexual Harassment, Is Placed On Leave

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NPR reported on Tuesday that Michael was formally rebuked following another incident happened two years ago where a female producer, Rebecca Hersher complained that she was made to feel uncomfortable after a dinner in which Michael talked about sex and inquired about her personal life.

She reportedly told NPR, "it undercut my confidence."

Top NPR & The Former New York Times Executive, Michael Oreskes, Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Is Placed On Leave

Top NPR & The Former New York Times Executive, Michael Oreskes, Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Is Placed On Leave

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In a statement on Tuesday, NPR said;

We take these kinds of allegations very seriously. If a concern is raised, we review the matter promptly and take appropriate steps as warranted to assure a safe, comfortable and productive work environment. As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters.

Every Attempt to reach Michael were unsuccessful. The NYT's former executive editor, Jill Abramson, recalled that Michael also showed a special interest in a woman who worked as a news aide.