Motown Anchor on Leave After Sexual Harassment Allegations


You wondered when the claims of sexual misconduct would hit local TV news and the answer is right now. 

WXYZ Anchor Malcom Maddox is on administrative leave while the station investigates a newly public accusation by an unnamed woman at the ABC affiliate.

 W.J. Rideout III, pastor of Our God's People Church in Detroit, spoke on behalf of the accuser who claimed that Maddox sent a woman inappropriate emails and texts even after she told him to stop.

Maddox and the woman were co-workers at the time.

She claims she was moved to another shift after she told the station's general manager, while Maddox was promoted to morning news anchor.

WXYZ said in a statement that they are  actively investigating the allegations that were made in the press conference.

"As we continue our investigation, Malcom Maddox has been placed on administrative leave."

Separately, Steve Neavling of Motor City Muckraker reports that at  least three other Detroit journalists are accused of repeated sexual misconduct. Two work at TV stations and the other is an editor at a Detroit newspaper, says the independent journalist, a former Free Press reporter who doesn't name the people.