Fox Business Host Has Been Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Suspended
Charles Payne claims to have had a "romantic relationship" with the political analyst.
July 07, 2017 at 10:10 pm
The network has been slammed with sexual harassment and racial discrimination claims and it’s certainly warranting a bunch of side-eyes.
This time the alleged culprit is Making Money host Charles Payne.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Payne has been suspended due to a former female colleague’s sexual harassment claims against him.
According to Payne, he and a political analyst were involved in what Payne calls a “romantic relationship” for about three years.
“We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” a Fox Business Network spokesman told the Times. “This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”
Payne, a Wall Street financial analyst, has been a Fox Business Network employee since its launch in 2006.
The Huffington Post has identified Payne's accuser as Scottie Nell Hughes.
Payne claims that the relationship was consensual, and admitted to having cheated on his wife with Hughes this week.
Hughes, on the other hand, claims that the relationship was not consensual, and that she was threatened with reprisals should she choose not to sleep with Payne. She chose to go ahead with the affair because she believed being in it was necessary if wanted a permanent spot at Fox.
However, Hughes says that when she put an end to the affair, she found that her screen time dwindled. Hughes says she tried to discuss the matter with both Payne and former Fox News executive Bill Shine, but found her efforts to be in vain.
Payne's suspension comes after allegations of sexual harassment were brought against former Fox News boss Roger Ailes. Former Fox poster boy Bill O'Reilly was also forced out of the network after it was revealed that he had a history of sexual harassment claims being brought against him. A Fox Sports executive, Jamie Horowitz, was fired this week due to sexual harassment complaints.
This is definitely a mess in a myriad of ways. We’ll make sure to keep everyone posted on further updates!