An author has accused public radio star John Hockenberry of a range of creepy behavior in an essay posted online late Friday night.
Suki Kim writes on the website The Cut, that Hockenberry, who is married with five children, begged her for a date and peppered her with weird and suggestive emails.
Kim said she appeared on his show in December 2014 to talk about her book on her experiences while living in North Korea.
About a year later, Hockenberry, who is paralyzed from the waist down, began sending her emails, including one which read, “Need another dose of you.”
On her birthday, she claims he asked her, “Let me know if I am I bugging you or creeping you out?”
Kim writes that three other women told her Hockenberry’s behavior ranged from unwanted kisses to gross sexual remarks and improper caressing.
She also claims that Hockenberry forced out three African-American female co-hosts who he soured on.
“You shouldn’t stay here just as a ‘diversity hire,’” he told one woman, according to Kim. “And you should go lose weight.”
Hockenberry, 61, was host of the successful WNYC show, “The Takeaway,” until August when he stepped down.
After leaving NPR, Hockenberry was a guest host for the Charlie Rose show in September.
Rose was canned from his show after women made sexual harassment allegations about him.
WNYC and Hockenberry could not be reached for comment.
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