Yet another sexual harassment complaint against a powerful employee of 21st Century Fox! The Fox Business Network confirmed in an announcement on Thursday night that the company has suspended network host Charles Payne while it looks into sexual harassment allegations brought against him.
“We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance police for any professional misconduct,” reads Fox’s statement. “This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”
On Wednesday, The National Enquirer published an article in which Payne, who hosts Fox’s “Making Money”, acknowledged he’d had an extramarital affair with a former CNN and Fox News contributor, and expressed contrition for his actions. The woman Payne had the affair with, whose identity the Los Angeles Times has decided not to publicize due to the nature of her allegations, went on to make claims of sexual misconduct against Payne. The LA Times provides some details about the allegations in its latest article on the matter, published Thursday. Here’s what we know the woman is alleging, in sum:
“That relationship is now being reviewed after the woman contacted Fox’s law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison last month to report her allegations of sexual misconduct. The woman, who worked for CNN last year, had a representative tell the firm she believed she was eventually blackballed from the network after she ended the affair in 2015 and tried to report Payne to top executives at Fox News, according to two sources familiar with her complaint.”
Payne’s attorney, Neal Korval, told the LA Times that Payne “categorically denies” having sexually harassed his accuser.