H. Brandt Ayers, the former publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabma, has resignef from Consolidated Publishing, the company that owns the newspaper, following his confession that he had engaged in sexual misconduct, including spanking a reporter in the 1970s.

According to the New York Times, “his resignation came after several former reporters accused him in recent days of sexual misconduct — allegations that brought about a swift downfall for Mr. Ayers, who led The Star during the civil rights era as a rare liberal in the South. After taking over The Star from his father in the 1960s, Mr. Ayers wrote editorials denouncing bigotry and advocating school integration. In an article published on Monday, a former reporter for The Star, Veronica Pike Kennedy, told the newspaper that Mr. Ayers spanked her against her will on a Saturday in 1975 when there were few people in the building.” (source)

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