In 2015, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros reportedly made several hostile workplace and sexual harassment claims against the now-ousted network chief Roger Ailes, although the network has maintained that they received no complaints about Ailes until anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a harassment suit against him. The ensuing investigation resulted in numerous other women sharing similar stories.
In a separate $49 million lawsuit filed in August 2016, Tantaros contended that she was demoted and then permanently banned from the organization due to these complaints. In that lawsuit, she also accused Fox News executives Bill Shine, Suzanne Scott, Irena Briganti and general counsel Dianne Brandi of condoning Ailes’ harassment and retaliation. And in a new interview published Wednesday in Esquire, she doubled down on her claims against the executives, and says she at one point “naively” defended Ailes against reporting done by New York’s Gabriel Sherman, who has been threatened with legal action over his work.