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Fox News Calls Rape Allegation Bogus

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:16 AM

Fox News is pushing back on a lawsuit filed against the network regarding rape allegations, calling it a "publicity stunt."

Fox Business Network host Charles Payne finds himself at the center of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Scottie Nell Hughes, a former Fox contributor. She claims Payne raped her in 2013 and began a sexual relationship with her, in exchange for helping Hughes appear more on both Fox News and Fox Business Network.

Hughes claimed she ended the relationship in 2016, and after that her opportunities at Fox became fewer and fewer to the point where she was eventually blacklisted.

"The latest publicity stunt of a lawsuit filed by Doug Wigdor has absolutely no merit and is downright shameful. We will vigorously defend this," Fox said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News.

"It's worth noting that Doug is Ms. Hughes' third representative in the last six months to raise some variation of these claims which concern events from four years ago, since it apparently took some time to find someone willing to file this bogus case."

Fox suspended Payne over the summer after allegations surfaced that he had a sexual relationship with a guest. He admitted to having an affair but said it was consensual. Fox determined nothing illegal had taken place and he was put back on the air earlier this month.

Attorneys Doug Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen are representing Hughes in her case. They blasted what they insinuated is a sexual culture at Fox that protects men.

"On behalf of Scottie Nell Hughes, today we filed an action against Fox to hold it accountable for yet another case involving sexual harassment and retaliation inflicted by Fox executives in order to protect male, on-air talent," a statement from the attorneys reads.

"We intend to aggressively litigate Ms. Hughes' claims and hold Fox accountable to the fullest extent under the law."

Fox News has been rocked by several allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years, most notably the network's founder and former president Roger Ailes, who died in May after being ousted from the network last summer. Also fired over allegations was host Bill O'Reilly in April.

O'Reilly denies the allegations leveled against him, and on Sunday it was reported that a key accuser of his was charged with filing a false police report in 2015.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Fox News is pushing back on a lawsuit filed against the network regarding rape allegations, calling it a "publicity stunt." Fox Business Network host Charles Payne finds himself at the center of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Scottie Nell Hughes, a former Fox contributor. She...
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