MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota has removed a plaque in honor of the humorist Garrison Keillor, after he was confronted with allegations of sexual misconduct.
Keillor’s plaque is no longer displayed on the school Scholars Walk, which honors outstanding university teachers and alumni, the Minnesota Daily reported . But some of Keillor’s song lyrics from an early radio show are still on the campus.
Keillor graduated from the university in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
The old Minnesota Public Radio personality is known for telling folksy stories about his fictional Minnesota hometown of Lake Wobegon on “A Prairie Home Companion.” He was fired last year after facing allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Keillor was sued by a woman who worked on his radio show dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over several years, including requests for sexual contact and sexual communication and touching.
Keillor denies the allegations and says that the radio station fired him, without a proper investigation.
An external investigation looked into dozens of allegations with respect to Keillor’s sexually inappropriate behaviour, MPR President Jon McTaggart wrote in a letter to members published last month.
MPR has removed from its website archived “A Prairie Home Companion” shows with Keillor. The network was also shut down broadcasts of “The Writer’s Almanac,” Keillor’s daily reading of literary events and a poem, and ended up rebroadcasts of Keillor-hosted “Prairie Home” shows.
Keillor, 75, retired in 2016 as host of the “Prairie Home,” a Saturday evening radio variety show that he founded in 1974. The show, now with the title “Living Here,” continues with Keillor’s hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris thile to.
Information from: The Minnesota Daily, http://www.mndaily.com/