In a new lawsuit, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros alleges Scott Brown made inappropriate comments and touched her lower waist. Brown, who left office in 2013, told reporters the allegations were false.
Heads are still rolling at Fox News since CEO Roger Ailes was forced to resign after allegations of extreme sexual harassment and abuse. A lawsuit was filed with the New York Supreme Court by a group of women including former anchor Andrea Tantaros.
On Tuesday, Tantaros hit Fox’s most infamous host Bill O’Reilly with a sexual harassment claim. (O’Reilly was previously sued in 2004 by Andrea Macros for lewd, lascivious, vile and threatening behavior. She reportedly settled for millions.) Tantaros is claiming O’Reilly invited her to rendezvous in Long Island. He wanted to see her “wild side.” Think Progress reports:
[C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be “very private,” and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could “see [her] as a wild girl,” and that he believed that she had a “wild side.” Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.
The unraveling of Fox was further exacerbated when Tantaros implicated a Roger Ailes replacement, Bill Shine. Allegedly Shine told Tarataros to “let this one go” after she complained to him about Ailes’ harassment. Tantaros believes she was ultimately smeared by Fox and taken off the air last April for not going along with the sexual advances and harassment by co-workers and bosses. She also names former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and actor Dean Cain as sexual harassers while she was employed with Fox.
Putting a nail in the coffin, Tantaros slams Fox News, calling their “family values” company a “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.”
Many suspected it, but she said it, and she is seeking $49 million in emotional and financial damage.