Keillor attorney: MPR must 'set the record straight'

The president of Minnesota Public Radio has told employees the decision to cut business ties with former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Keillor resulted from "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time.

American Public Media Group's decision to sever its contracts with Garrison Keillor were the result of "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time, the CEO of MPR's parent company said Wednesday. McTaggart didn't provide details of the allegations against the 75-year-old veteran broadcaster, saying only that he has shared them with lawyers and board members. APMG spokesperson Angie Andresen said the company did not plan to issue a statement about the meeting. He said was sacked over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard".

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An MPR spokeswoman told AP last week that two people made complaints against Keillor, though only one claimed his behavior was directed at her. Keillor retired as host of the show in 2016, but had continued to work for MPR on various projects.

Jon McTaggart held an off-the-record meeting with employees Wednesday, a week after Keillor's dismissal was announced.

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In an email late Wednesday, Keillor told the Associated Press MPR has made an "enormous mistake.by not conducting a full and fair investigation".

Garrison Keilor's attorney says the humorist is aware of only one woman making allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him and wants the president of Minnesota Public Radio to "set the record straight" on that point.

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"A Prairie Home Companion" continues with Keillor's hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.

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