John Hockenberry, an Emmy-award-winning journalist and Peabody, is the latest to face accusations of badual misconduct.
Former NBC, ABC and NPR journalist John Hockenberry became the latest media figure to face accusations of badual misconduct.
Hockenberry, 61, an Emmy and Peabody Award winner who recently hosted a radio show in New York City. is accused by the author Suki Kim of sending suggestive emails and unwanted badual advances to other women.
In an article published on Friday, Kim writes in New York magazine that at least nine women have accused Hockenberry of inappropriate behavior.
The journalist, who is married and has five children, responded on Saturday.
"It horrifies me that the talented and motivated people I worked with feel uncomfortable, and that the stress of organizing a big show got worse with my behavior," Hockenberry said in a statement.
"I am appalled that I have made the talented and motivated people I worked with feel uncomfortable, and that the emphasis was on organizing a great show, worse for my behavior"
– Journalist John Hockenberry
Kim , a journalist born in South Korea, is perhaps best known as the author of "Without you, there is no one: undercover among the children of North Korea Elite."
She writes that she met Hockenberry in December 2014 when She was invited to WNYC's "The Takeaway", which hosted Hockenberry.
Kim states that after her appearance on the show, Hockenberry sent her a series of emails that made her feel uncomfortable. She says that Hockenberry asked her for the address of her home and sent a message with the subject: "I need another dose of you"
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has led to badual misconduct lawsuits against numerous prominent men in Entertainment, media, politics, business and sports, Kim writes that he decided to ask Hockenberry's former colleagues if they ever felt uncomfortable with him.
Three women responded that their behavior allegedly included unwanted kissing, inappropriate badual comments and unwanted contact.
"You should not stay here as a 'diversity employee'," he supposedly told a woman, according to Kim. "And you should go lose weight"
"Having to deal with my own physical limitations has given me an understanding of impotence, and I should have been more aware of how the power I exercised over others, along with inappropriate comments and "I have no excuses," said Hockenberry, who has been using a wheelchair since he was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident in 1976.
The executive director and president of New York Public Radio, Laura Walker, declined comment on the accusations A statement from "The Takeaway" said the show was disrupted by the report and takes the allegations very seriously, Hockenberry left the show in August.