JUMP TO COMMENTS
Previous
Next

New Lawsuit Against Fox News: It’s A ‘Sex-Fueled, Playboy Mansion-Like Cult’

6fcdf4552b[1]

If Fox News was hoping that Roger Ailes stepping down as chair and CEO would be the end of its legal troubles, it’s likely none-too-pleased by a new $49 million lawsuit filed Monday by former host Andrea Tantaros. Tantaros is suing for sexual harassment, loss of income and mental anguish, and her suit implicates not only the ousted former CEO, but a number of other Fox News personalities, most notably the network’s biggest star, Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly is no stranger to sexual harassment charges. Fox producer Andrea Mackris previously sued the host for his frequent inappropriate behavior, such as regaling her with stories of losing his virginity in the backseat of a car at JFK airport and a Thai sex worker who showed him things in a backroom that “blew his mind.” Though, the real kicker was in 2004, when O’Reilly told Mackris over the phone that she should purchase a vibrator and name it, and that he had his own “shaped like a cock with a little battery in it.” And oh yeah, he was masturbating the whole time. Mackris and O’Reilly settled out of court for reportedly millions of dollars, but according to Tanataros’ new suit, the former altar boy didn’t learn his lesson:

[C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be “very private,” and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could “see [her] as a wild girl,” and that he believed that she had a “wild side.” Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.

O’Reilly isn’t named as a defendant in Tantaros’ lawsuit, but his behavior reflects a gross hypocrisy in the organization she calls out directly. “Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values,” the suit alleges. “But behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.”

logo_fox[1]

Tantaros’ lawsuit mirrors previous allegations about Ailes, who in the course of a single conversation with the plaintiff, made the following comments:

1-ln6kbQQt3ud7XeMhRtPX6w

Additionally, Tantaros was told by several executives not to wear pants because “Roger wants to see your legs.” The CEO reportedly told her on one occasion to “twirl” so he could “get a good look” at her, said he “bet [she looks] good in a bikini,” and once, while passing her in the hallway, remarked “We need to get you a tighter dress.”

When she brought all of these allegations to Fox News executive Bill Shine, one of the men who replaced Ailes, his response was piss-poor enough to get him named as a defendant in the lawsuit:

Perhaps the most shocking encounter of all was a Spring 2015 meeting between Tantaros and Fox News Senior Executive, Defendant William Shine (“Shine”), during which Tantaros sought relief from Ailes’s sexual harassment… In response, Shine told Tantaros that Ailes was a “very powerful man” and that Tantaros “needed to let this one go.” Yet, after Ailes was revealed to be a sexual predator and forced to resign, Shine was promoted to Co-President of Fox News. Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be “business as usual” at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women

According to Think Progress, Tantaros alleges she was eventually removed from the air because of her complaints, but the network offered to continue to pay her if she dropped any legal actions towards Ailes and O’Reilly and agreed to never speak publicly about her time there.

Fox has previously commented that Tantaros’ sexual harassment allegation as a ploy in a contract dispute. The network has not commented on the lawsuit.

28160AF500000578-3058419-image-a-5_1430199174162[1]

“[This lawsuit] gives life to the saying that ‘the fish stinks from the head,”Tantaros said. “For Ailes did not act alone. He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation, and retaliation.”

SOURCE

JUMP TO COMMENTS
Previous
Next
Please wait...

And Now... A Few Links From Our Sponsors

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!