Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Fox Host Charles Payne Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Suspended Indefinitely

Fox Host Charles Payne Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Suspended Indefinitely

A Fox Business Network presenter has been suspended amid reports of a sexual harassment allegation - the latest such claim to hit the cable giant. Hughes, whose contract was not renewed by CNN after the election, returned to her native Tennessee and has recently expressed interest in running for Congress.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that a female political analyst who frequently appeared on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel from 2013 to 2016 has alleged she was blackballed by Fox after ending an extramarital affair with Payne in 2015 and tried reporting him to top executives. Payne acknowledged the relationship in a statement to the National Enquirer on Wednesday, issuing an apology to his wife, children and friends.

The paper withheld her name, citing the nature of her allegations, including a claim that she was coerced into a relationship with Payne.

A Fox Business Network spokesperson confirmed Payne's, who hosts the network's Making Money series, suspension pending further investigation.

Hughes is best known for her pro-Trump appearances on CNN during past year, when she made a string of gaffes, including referring to Molotov cocktails as "Mazel Tov cocktails". Payne, through his lawyer, Neal Korval, "categorically denies" that claim. She also told them of the threats she allegedly received. Carlson's lawsuit helped to expose a hostile work culture of silence and harassment at 21st Century Fox that has undoubtedly persisted since Ailes was forced out.

Somewhere, someone at the 21st Century Fox organization was just forced to sigh, get up from their chair, and replace whatever number was hanging on the company's "X Days Since A High-Profile Harassment Scandal" sign with a big fat goose egg yet again.

In the year since Ailes resigned, Fox fired former host Bill O'Reilly (and paid him tens of millions on the way out) after news broke that five women had reported him for sexual harassment.

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