Fox Business' Charles Payne Suspended After Harassment Allegations, Probe

Fox Business News host Charles Payne has been suspended from the network amid sexual harassment against him

More upheaval at Fox: The company has confirmed that longtime Fox Business Network host Charles Payne has been suspended while sexual harassment allegations are investigated.

Payne admitted to having an affair from 2013 to 2016 with married Hughes, a former CNN employee who was often a guest on Fox News. He is married and a father, and acknowledged the extra-marital affair on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 while apologizing to his family.

Newshounds also reports the woman who - has been identified as Scottie Nell Hughes - told her lawyer, who is preparing a legal complaint against Fox News and Payne, that she stayed in the relationship because she believed he would help her chances of landing a position at the network, according to the sources. Mr. Payne, who joined the network as a contributor at its start in 2007, has hosted the "Making Money" program at 6 p.m. since 2014. "This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely matter".




Hughes is best known for her appearances on CNN previous year in support of Donald Trump in which she made a handful of mistakes, including referring to Molotov cocktails as "Mazel Tov cocktails". He now hosts his own show, Making Money with Charles Payne. She also told them of the threats she allegedly received. She alleged she was asked to make fewer appearances on Fox after ending an extramarital affair with Payne.

The development came exactly a year after a sexual harassment scandal at Fox News first burst into public view with a lawsuit against Roger E. Ailes, the network's former chairman. An attorney for Payne told the Times the anchor denied sexually harassing the woman. Soon after, Ailes' "right-hand man" Bill Shine was sacked from his top executive spot at Fox amid reports that he had attempted to silence and retaliate against women who came forward to report harassment at the network.

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