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North Miami chief of staff named interim Museum of Contemporary Art director

Natasha Colebrook-Williams to replace Babacar M'Bow during investigation

Museum of Contemporary Art executive director Babacar M'Bow has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Museum of Contemporary Art executive director Babacar M'Bow has been placed on paid administrative leave.

North Miami's chief of staff Natasha Colebrook-Williams has been named interim director of the Museum of Contemporary Art until further notice, Councilman Scott Galvin told Local 10 News Thursday morning.

The announcement comes after MOCA executive director Babacar M'Bow was placed on paid administrative leave while city officials investigate several allegations made against him, including complaints of sexual harassment and other misconduct.

Babacar, who is in Bogota, Colombia, denied harassing any MOCA employees.

"I have never been presented with anything about sexual harassment," M'Bow told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden by telephone. "That doesn't reflect my morals."

According to a city memorandum, M'Bow is banned from all city buildings and events. He's also not allowed to conduct city business until the investigation is finished.

M'Bow told Seiden that he paid for his Colombia trip out of his own pocket.

Alan Waufle, MOCA's assistant director, was also placed on paid administrative leave for three days after a complaint alleging "inappropriate gender language" was filed against him. It's unclear if the complaint was made by the same person who made the complaint against M'Bow.


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