The four-time Emmy winner and Peabody Awards recipient, who left his NPR show The Takeaway in August, is being accused in an article written by a one-time guest on his program. Author Suki Kim said after her 2014 appearance, Hockenberry sent “a series” of emails that made her uncomfortable, including one with a subject line, “Need another dose of you.”
In the wake of recent widespread media coverage of sexual harassments by prominent Hollywood and media figures, Kim asked former Hockenberry colleagues about any uncomfortable incidents.
One former colleague, Kristen Meinzer, told Kim that Hockenberry made “unwanted advances” and wrote “sexually-explicit notes” to her on social media. Others allegedly reported similar behavior, but declined to be named in the story.
Hockenberry, who is 61 years old and paralyzed from the waist down after an accident in 1976, issued a statement to New York, saying that he was horrified people felt uncomfortable.
“Looking back, my behavior was not always appropriate and I’m sorry. It horrifies me that I made the talented and driven people I worked with feel uncomfortable, and that the stress around putting together a great show was made worse by my behavior. Having to deal with my own physical limitations has given me an understanding of powerlessness, and I should have been more aware of how the power I wielded over others, coupled with inappropriate comments and communications, could be construed. I have no excuses.”
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SOURCE: Deadline, Bruce Haring