Ex-radio host John Hockenberry accused of sex harassment

Former NPR host John Hockenberry has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, who say he kissed them without permission.

Hockenberry, 61, most recently hosted The Takeaway on WNYC, a job he quit in August. It's not clear whether his departure is linked to the claims by women he worked with there.

They told New York Magazine that he embraced and kissed them without consent, and even professed love despite their obvious discomfort. 

Former public radio host John Hockenberry (pictured) has been accused of sexual harassment by several female former colleagues; he does not deny the claims

Former public radio host John Hockenberry (pictured) has been accused of sexual harassment by several female former colleagues; he does not deny the claims

Kristin Meinzer, a producer for Hockenberry in 2014, said he kissed her as thanks for organizing an interview with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard for him.

'He rolled right up to me at my desk, grabbed my face and started kissing me,' she said of the host, who is wheelchair-bound.

'I moved my head away and pushed him away, and I said, "No, no, please don't."'

She said he told her: 'I just want to kiss you because I'm so thankful.'

Another producer said that around 2010-11 the crew were put up in a hotel after they became trapped by

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