Fox News is again under fire for sexual harassment. First there was Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes departure after hosts Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and other women claimed he behaved inappropriately. Next, Bill O'Reilly was fired after a $13 million payout to five women claiming sexual harassment. Added to the chopping block was host Eric Bolling, who was suspended after accusations that he sent sexually explicate messages to female coworkers.
Now, political commentator and avid Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes has filed a lawsuit, claiming Making Money host Charles Payne raped her in her hotel room in 2013. In the lawsuit, Hughes, who is married, claims that she was forced to continue a sexual relationship with Payne, who is also married. Hughes alleges that Payne promised her career opportunities on Fox News and Fox Business, as well as an annual contract worth several hundred thousand dollars. Hughes was a regular guest on both shows from 2013 to 2016, until she ended the relationship with Payne.
Hughes had this to say about her allegations:
In July of 2013, I was raped by Charles Payne. In July of 2017, I was raped again by Fox News. Since then, I have been living an absolute hell.
Hughes also claims that, as a result of the blacklisting, she was taken out of consideration for a position in the Trump administration.
Payne has admitted a two-year "affair" with Hughes.