WXYZ Suspends Morning News Anchor Malcom Maddox on Claims of Sexual Harassment


DETROIT, MI – Malcom Maddox, morning news anchor for WXYZ, has been placed on administrative leave after he is being accused of sexual harassment.

In a press conference activist Rev. W.J. Rideout III leveled claims against WXYZ and Malcom Maddox that the TV station ignored allegations by an employee that she had been sexually harassed by Maddox.  Rideout also claims that the TV station swept the complaints under the rug.




The Detroit Free Press, published an article about the new conference by Rideout and the serious allegations made. At the heading of that article they posted the following:  Update 12:25 PM: Since this article ran WXYZ has announced that they have placed news anchor Malcom Maddox on administrative leave. 

The current employee has made alleged complaints to management at WXYZ that she received inappropriate e-mails and texts from the morning news anchor and that she was told by management to “respect her boundaries.”

WXYZ has stated that they are actively investigating the allegations that were made in the press conference held by Rev. W.J. Rideout.

Malcom Maddox has now joined the long list of those who have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. In the wake of those allegations the #MeToo campaign went viral on social media in October 2017 to denounce sexual assault and harassment after film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by now over 75 different women. Today, Time Magazine announced that The Silence Breakers who propelled the #MeToo campaign are Time’s Person of the Year 2017.

Time Magazine is now being called out for the fact that a black woman, Tarana Burke, started the #MeToo movement some 10 years ago, but failed to name her as their Person of the Year for 2017. Instead they chose to name the entire campaign as the Person of the Year for 2017.

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