A spokesperson for Fox News has released a statement in response to Scottie Nell Hughes‘ allegations that Charles Payne raped her, and the network blacklisted her when she tried to report her complaints.
Mediaite received this statement from a Fox News spokesperson:
“The latest publicity stunt of a lawsuit filed by Doug Wigdor has absolutely no merit and is downright shameful. We will vigorously defend this. It’s worth noting that Doug is Ms. Hughes’ third representative in the last six months to raise some variation of these claims which concern events from four years ago, since it apparently took some time to find someone willing to file this bogus case.”
Ms. Hughes is not and has never been a Fox News or Fox Business employee, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who claims “the allegations were first raised by Hughes’ agent after CNN ended its contract with her and her lawyer began asking for a “business solution” to the allegations – demanding that Fox News hire Hughes as a contributor.”
The source added “when Fox News refused to do so, knowing that the two had a consensual affair, Hughes shopped a draft complaint along with her story to the LA Times. Payne was suspended and reinstated after the evidence showed that he and Hughes had a consensual affair.” Hughes declined several requests to participate in an investigation by Fox News’s counsel (Paul Weiss), refusing to turn over all her emails, let alone to be interviewed.
Hughes contributed on Fox frequently from 2013-2016, and her lawsuit claims it was during this time when the Fox Business host pressured her into a sexual relationship despite her protests. Payne recently returned to the network after he was suspended months ago when his alleged sexual misconduct was first reported.
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