The host of Fox Business’ “Making Money” has been suspended from the network amid sexual harassment claims.
Charles Payne has admitted to an affair but has denied any harassment claims.
“We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” Fox Business said in a statement. “We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct.”
The Los Angeles Times reported: [Payne] has acknowledged what he described as a three-year “romantic relationship” with a married female political analyst who frequently appeared on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel from 2013 to 2016. Payne admitted to the extramarital affair in a statement to the National Enquirer published Wednesday that included an apology to his wife, children and friends.
That relationship is now being reviewed after the woman contacted Fox’s law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison last month to report her allegations of sexual misconduct. The woman, who worked for CNN last year, had a representative tell the firm she believed she was eventually blackballed from the network after she ended the affair in 2015 and tried to report Payne to top executives at Fox News, according to two sources familiar with her complaint.
The alleged victim in this case is reportedly Scottie Nell Hughes—-this was not confirmed by Breaking911.
SCOOP: Former CNN Commentator Scottie Nell Hughes has accused Fox Business host Charles Payne of sexual harassment. Story TK on HuffPost. pic.twitter.com/lO9odZZHlV
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 6, 2017
The allegation is the latest sexual harassment complaint against Fox News.