Emotional abuse

Ex-Fox News host’s departure was forced by sexual harassment investigation, according to report

Kimberly Guilfoyle (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

Longtime Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle’s abrupt departure from the network was not voluntary, as it was initially billed, but forced after a human resources investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by the pundit, according to an explosive investigative report from HuffPost correspondent Yashar Ali. Guilfoyle announced last week that she was leaving the network after 12 years to join a pro-Donald Trump super PAC.

While Fox News had remained mum on the reason for Guilfoyle’s exit, she had claimed that the decision was meant to help her boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr., on the campaign trail during the upcoming midterm elections. However, 21 sources inside and outside of Fox News, speaking with Ali under condition of anonymity because they either weren’t authorized to discuss the case or had signed non-disclosure agreements, contradicted that narrative, said that Guilfoyle found herself in hot water after repeatedly showing “dick pics” to colleagues — along with sharing the identities of the men to whom they belonged — and for emotionally abusing her hair and makeup artists and other support staff.

According to Fox insiders, Guilfoyle’s exit from her high-paying and high-profile gig as a co-host of The Five at the network was once unthinkable. Guilfoyle had been a protégé of the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who was forced out of the network after Gretchen Carlson and other former Fox hosts — including now NBC host Megyn Kelly — alleged that he tried to force women into sex in exchange for career advancement. Following the allegations against Ailes, Guilfoyle reportedly alienated many of her coworkers — as well as now executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch, who was pushing for Ailes’ ouster — by making personal calls to the women who worked at the network to demand that they speak out publicly in support of Ailes. At least two female Fox News hosts, sources said, were angered after Guilfoyle told them that she had already informed Fox executives that Ailes had their support.

Following the loss of her biggest backer in Ailes, Guilfoyle’s fate appears to have been sealed by the results of a H.R. investigation that found she had been harassing hair and makeup artists to the extent that at least one former Guilfoyle assistant allegedly begged to be reassigned and was ultimately put on paid leave. Guilfoyle has denied the allegations against her as “unequivocally baseless” and “vicious” lies “made by disgruntled and self-interested employees.”

Guilfoyle began dating Donald Trump Jr. earlier this year after the first son and his wife, Vanessa Trump, filed for divorce. Years ago, Guilfoyle was the first lady of San Francisco — her then-husband was Gavin Newsom, the city’s mayor. The two were considered a political power couple, but the marriage disintegrated amid Newsom’s infidelity. Not long after, Guilfoyle landed at Fox News. Newsom is now California’s lieutenant governor and is running to become the next governor of the Golden State.

Read the full investigative report at HuffPost.

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