Scottie Nell Hughes Sues Fox, Alleging Fox Anchor Charles Payne Raped Her

HeadlineSep 21, 2017

Back in the United States, former TV commentator Scottie Nell Hughes sued Fox News Monday, saying she was raped by longtime anchor Charles Payne and then coerced into maintaining a sexual relationship with him in exchange for airtime and career opportunities. In her lawsuit, Hughes says she was blacklisted by Fox News in 2016 after she ended the relationship and came forward with rape allegations. Fox News denied the charges, calling them “bogus” and “downright shameful.” It’s the latest sexual abuse scandal to rock the network. Host Eric Bolling was suspended last month amid accusations that he texted unwanted photos of his genitals to female co-workers. Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly was fired in April amid revelations that he and Fox News had paid out $13 million to settle lawsuits by five women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior. And longtime Fox News head Roger Ailes was ousted last year after more than 20 women accused him of sexual harassment.

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