Lawsuit Says Fox “Operates Like Sex-Fueled, Playboy Mansion-Like Cult”

HeadlineAug 23, 2016

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit alleging top Fox News executives punished her after she reported being sexually harassed by former Fox News Chair Roger Ailes. In the lawsuit, Tantaros said she was prohibited from wearing pants on air because, as executives told her, “Roger wants to see your legs.” Tantaros also alleges she was removed from one of Fox’s top-rated shows after she refused to turn around during a meeting with Roger Ailes, who told her he wanted to “get a good look at [her].” Tantaros says that when she told executive Bill Shine about the harassment, he told her to “let this one go.” Shine has taken over as co-president of Fox News following Ailes’s resignation. According to the lawsuit, “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.” Ailes has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 20 women, including Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. Ailes resigned in July, receiving a $40 million severance package.

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