*Robert Littal, founder of Black Sports Online (BSO), has been curbed by TMZ as co-host of the outlet’s sports television show.
“Robert Littal is no longer part of the TMZ Sports TV Show,” a spokesperson for the outlet said in a statement Monday to Urban Hollywood 411.
The move comes amid accusations that Littal sexually harassed female contributors and writers of his site.
Over the weekend, he apologized in a statement, saying his behavior was “totally wrong.”
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I’m sorry…Let’s have an honest chat…. https://t.co/xnLmXZAGjZ
— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) June 28, 2020
Several journalists used the hashtag #SurvivingBSO to describe the toxic work environment he created, alleging Littal propositioned them, made inappropriate comments, and engaged in “smear campaigns,” per TheWrap.
Here’s more from Urban Hollywood 411:
Among the #SurvivingBSO claims, Littal is alleged to have used his power to make unwanted sexual advances. He is also accused of refusing to pay writers for their work, making them cover their own travel expenses, and threatening to remove up-and-coming reporters’ bylines from stories if they turned down his advances, meaning they wouldn’t have writing samples to show potential employers.
Littal now admits his behavior was out-of-pocket.
In a Twitter video captioned “I’m sorry,” Litall said: “There are some things, as you saw, that I’ve said to my female contributors in the past that were very inappropriate — inconsiderate — and they were flat out wrong, and for that I apologize.”
Littal has also deleted references to TMZ Sports from his Twitter bio.