Hostile workplace?

Ex-Fox News host says network is basically ‘a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult’

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros (YouTube).

Roger Ailes may be long gone from the Fox News Network, but the sexual harassment claims from his decades-long regime are still rolling in. The latest allegations were made in a lawsuit brought by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros. The suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on Monday and accuses the executive who was named as Roger Ailes’s successor after the longtime network chief was ousted amid a sexual harassment suit brought by another former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, of misconduct. Tantaros alleges that she reported being sexually harassed by Ailes and the network’s top-rated anchor, Bill O’Reilly, to network executives and was punished for speaking out. Ailes has denied the sexual harassment allegations made against him and Fox News declined to comment on the Tantaros case when inquired about it by The New York Times.

The dispute between Fox News and Tantaros began early in the year when the network accused her of breaching her contract by publishing a book without obtaining approval from executives. The title of the book: Tied Up In Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable. Lawyers for Fox News argued Tantaros had fabricated the sexual harassment claims to gain leverage in the contract dispute with the network.

Her lawsuit paints a troubling portrait of life at the highly-rated news network. “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” Tantaros’s lawsuit claims, adding, “Ailes did not act alone. He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation and retaliation.”

Tantaros was a co-host of Outnumbered, a regular show that featured four women hosts and a revolving male guest each day. She also made regular appearances on The Five and O’Reilly’s nightly prime-time show. For more on her dispute with Fox News, watch the video below.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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