Former Fox News Anchor Andrea Tantaros, just filed an explosive sexual harassment lawsuit implicating the network’s entire newsroom saying it was run as a ‘Playboy Mansion-Like Cult’, several news outlets reported.
In the lawsuit, Tantaros claims that disgraced ex-network chairman Roger Ailes sexually harassed her and that high-ranking executives fostered a newsroom culture in which abusive behavior flourished. She also alleges being harassed by Bill O’Reilly.
The suit reads: “Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.”
Roger Ailes was “the primary culprit,” according to the suit, but “his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation, and retaliation.”
Tantaros’ suit is the second leveled against Ailes, a legendary TV executive who built and ran Fox News for two decades after serving as a leading Republican operative, but the first to name the network itself and several top executives as co-defendants.
In July, former “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson opened the floodgates of sexual harassment accusations against Ailes.
Last week, it was reported that Ailes is now advising Republican nominee Donald Trump ahead of next month’s first presidential debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
H/T: Huffington Post.