Another FOX Commentator Just Got Caught In A Sexual Harassment Scandal
Fox Business host Charles Payne has come under fire after allegations of sexual harassment against him surfaced on Friday.
The claim against Payne comes one year after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes resigned just two weeks after Carlson filed her suit and an internal investigation was conducted.
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was also fired from the network three months ago, also amid sexual harassment allegations.
According to the complaint, a married female political analyst who appeared regularly on FOX News and FOX Business Network (FBN) from 2013 to 2015, engaged in an extramarital affair with Payne, who is also married with children. After she broke off the affair, the woman says she was blackballed by both Payne and 21st Century Fox from appearing on the networks.
Payne, who was suspended from his FBN show today, admitted a “romantic relationship” with the woman but denies accusations of retribution and harassment, reports the LA Times‘ Stephen Battaglio.
Sources told LA Times‘ Stephen Battaglio that the woman, whose identity is being protected, tried several times to report harassment by Payne to FOX executives, including former FOX News’ head of programming Bill Shine, but was rebuked at every turn.
Only now, in the wake of a slew of sex scandals that have cost the company millions in legal settlements and forced out disgraced host Bill O’Reilly, has the company begun to take action. Victims of the harassment have described an environment where women felt pressured to enter into sexual relationships to advance at the networks, and this instance matches the pattern.
Payne, 56, was suspended by Fox Business Network on Thursday pending an investigation into the matter.
He took to social media to deny the allegations, tweeting that a charge against him is “an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core.”
This was my reply: “That is an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core. There is a mountain of proof that also proves its a lie.”
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) July 7, 2017
“We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” the network wrote in a statement.
Well, with every day that passes, it seems that misogyny is the norm in FOX’s toxic workplace. The network claims to have a “zero-tolerance policy” for this type of behavior, but they lost their credibility on that and other matters long ago.
After all, until recently they told us they were “fair and balanced,” and they still call themselves “news.” At least in this instance, their crimes may be catching up to them.