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Newsmax TV: Did Fox Cover Up Sex Harassment Claims?

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016 10:54 PM

If, as claimed, Fox News on-air personality Andrea Tantaros filed sexual harassment complaints against CEO Roger Ailes long before Gretchen Carlson filed her lawsuit a month ago, Fox News officials would have known about Ailes long before they have let on, Newsmax TV's John Bachman reported on Tuesday.

"The key development that Tantaros filed her complaints well before Gretchen Carlson filed her lawsuit begs the question: How much did Fox's top brass know?" Bachman asked.

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New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman on Monday reported that Tantaros says she reported incidents of harassment by Ailes on April 30, 2015, more than a year before Carlson's lawsuit.

Tantaros was advised by Fox News Vice President Bill Shine that Ailes was "a powerful man" and she "should not fight this," her lawyer Judd Burstein told Sherman. Tantaros also talked about the allegations to Fox News general counsel Dianne Brandi senior vice-president Suzanne Scott, Burstein said.

Tantaros said Ailes on multiple occasions talked about her body, including speculating how good she probably looked in a bikini, and asked her for hug. She says she was moved from the popular "The Five" to the less-watched daytime show "Outnumbered" after rebuffing Ailes, and was taken off the air earlier this year after Fox News officials say she did not properly vet her book "Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable."

Bachman also noted that the Financial Times reported that $3.15 million in hush money that was paid to former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn was never reported to parent company 21st Century Fox.

The Financial Times noted that hiding such a large amount of corporate money would have been difficult. The payout was made in 2011, a full five years before Carlson's lawsuit.

Luhn says she suffered "psychological torture" over two decades and was forced by him to have sex with other women, including engaging in sadomasochistic acts while Ailes took photographs.

The 76-year-old Ailes resigned as CEO of the news channel he founded in 1996 in mid-July after News Corporation brought in outside investigators from the prestigious New York law firm Paul, Weiss to look into the allegations.

"Within hours of the first public complaint raising an issue at Fox News, we commenced an investigation, and less than two weeks after that investigation began, the Chairman and CEO of Fox News departed," a Fox News spokesman said.

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