Larry Elder revealed allegations of sexual harassment on a 2011 radio show, but hinted that a woman was too ugly to be true


In one case, Elder recounted that, while working in a private practice as a lawyer in the 1980s, his employee accused him of hitting on her. Elder then defended himself by suggesting that the woman was too unattractive for him to sexually harass her.

“This woman who tried to break the contract, not to compete, then accused me of hitting on her,” Elder said in one episode. “That’s how, that’s how she said it. If you had seen her, you would know the photo would be a full defense. I’m just saying.”

In the same episode, Elder also revealed an incident while hosting a TV show in Cleveland in which he encouraged a guest to show off his butt tattoo in front of two cameramen. Elder was told to apologize or he would be fired.

In an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns aired Tuesday, Elder repeatedly said he did not recall disclosing two sexual harassment allegations against him, telling Johns he had been “on the radio for 27 years “and that he had done” 27,000 hours of radio “.

Johns then specifically asked Elder to imply that a woman was too unattractive for him to sexually harass her. “You said, if you had seen it, if you had seen it, you would know the photo would be a complete defense. In other words, the suggestion that she wasn’t attractive. Don’t you remember it at all? Johns asked.

The elder replied, “I think I was making a joke, that I was making light – no I didn’t. [remember]. The gist behind your series of questions is, do I disrespect women, and I don’t. I have a lot of respect for women. My mother was a woman. I had it on my show every Friday. “

“I have never been accused of sexual harassment. I have never been accused of sexual abuse. I have never been accused – I have worked with hundreds of women throughout my career,” said Elder said, adding that most of his employees throughout my career were women. “I think it’s unfair of you to suggest that somehow I don’t like women or that I think women are inferior to men. I do not like.

Asked Tuesday about Elder’s remarks in 2011, the campaign called them “comments on Larry’s 30-year radio career” in a statement criticizing incumbent Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom and attacking CNN.

Elder’s revelation that he was accused of sexual harassment resurfaced after the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a section of his 2000 book titled “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Doesn’t Hold Women Back.”

“Smart women just overlook some rude behavior of men,” he wrote. “Out of color jokes and silly remarks can be irritating, but a smart woman will take care of them.”

The comments are part of a long history of derogatory comments about women and are similar to those Elder made in January 2017 when he deleted a tweet suggesting the women participating in the Women’s March in Washington were too unattractive. to be sexually assaulted, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In a CNN KFile review of other episodes in November 2011, Elder made derogatory comments about the appearances of the women. Elder suggested that conservative commentator Meghan McCain, who he said “looked like a porn star”, received a TV show because of her appearance.

He also suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “unattractiveness” would be a defense against accusations by anyone of sexually assaulting her.

Cleveland Talk Show Incident

In that same November 2011 episode of the radio show, Elder recounted once he was accused of sexual harassment while hosting a local talk show in Cleveland, Ohio. While interviewing Bobby Slayton, a comedian, he encouraged Slayton to show off his butt tattoo on camera in front of two cameramen.

“[Slayton] told me he had a tattoo. And I said, ‘Where’s the tattoo? I do not see it. He says, ‘It’s on my butt,’ ”Elder said. “I said, ‘Well, let me see.’ And I thought, of course, he was going to laugh about it, but he’s standing on the desk and pulling his pants down. And, uh, uh, we’re showing it on camera – a close-up – of his tattoo. “

“There were only four of us in the studio: Slayton, me and these two [camera]women. And they were laughing and laughing and laughing. And the next thing you know, I get a letter and a phone call. And the show’s producer calls me and says if I don’t apologize to the two women for what Bobby Slayton did, I’m going to be fired. And I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, “It’s sexual harassment,” Elder said. “I said, ‘How am I guilty of sexual harassment? He’s the one who stood there. And he said, ‘Well, you encouraged him.’ And I said, ‘Well, they were laughing.’ He said: ‘They were laughing because they were uncomfortable. And if you don’t apologize to them, maybe I should let you go. So I apologized. If this had been on my record, it would have looked like I had been guilty of sexual harassment because of an apology. I’m telling you what the facts were. ”

Elder’s sexual harassment revelations came in November 2011 on his radio show following the sexual harassment charge against then-Republican candidate Herman Cain while he was a private businessman . Cain denied the charges but dropped out of the presidential primary in December 2011.

Elder said some people might be sympathetic to Cain “because of all the cases where men have been falsely accused of sexual harassment or said something trivial.”

Meanwhile, Elder encouraged the men who had been accused of sexual harassment at work to call up to tell their stories. “We talk to men about how you have to walk on eggshells when working with women and I want to hear your stories.”

“I don’t know a lot of men who haven’t been accused of making some sort of inappropriate remark or gesture who are around 50 years old, more or less,” Elder added.

Derogatory comments about Nancy Pelosi and Meghan McCain

In a review of other Elder episodes during this time period, Elder made humiliating comments about appearances by important women.

Elder said conservative commentator Meghan McCain “looked like a pornstar” and suggested her appearance helped her get a show on MSNBC. “She now has a show on MSNBC. I’m not saying those assets had anything to do with the show, but uh, probably not, didn’t do anything wrong. Madeleine Albright doesn’t have a show on MSNBC. I’m just suggesting that maybe there is a difference here. “

In another 2011 episode, the subject turned to Justin Bieber, the Canadian singer who came under scrutiny at the time after a 20-year-old fan alleged in a paternity lawsuit. that a Bieber, then aged 17, was the father of his child. (Bieber has repeatedly denied the allegations and the woman ultimately dropped her lawsuit).

Elder and his guests wondered if the woman was facing rape charges, as Bieber was a minor at the time and the age of consent in California is 18.

After a caller named “Jay” joked that the women who claimed she was pregnant with Bieber were then minority parliamentary leader Pelosi in order to further her political career, Elder replied, “Jay, the, the – if somebody was charged with rape, the defense would be, “Would I rape Nancy Pelosi?” I think that’s probably a defense. “

“It would make me nauseous,” the caller said, to which Elder replied, “Yes. “

Elder then added, “And you and I, Jay, don’t trivialize rape. We’re talking, uh, about the relative unattractiveness, in my opinion, of Nancy Pelosi.”

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