|Debbie Schlussel, Sean Hannity|
UPDATE 12 NOON 4/24/17: In an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday, Debbie Schlussel said she doesn’t think that what happened with Sean Hannity amounts to sexual harassment. Still, she stands by her description of events, saying, “He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly.”
She clarified that Hannity allegedly asked her to come to his hotel, not his hotel room.
Fox News star and syndicated radio host Sean Hannity has issued a strong denial following a sexual harassment allegation made by attorney/blogger Debbie Schlussel, a former guest on Hannity’s television show, according to TheBlaze.
Schlussel leveled the charges against Hannity Friday during an interview with Pat Campbell on KFAQ 1170 AM in Tulsa Ok.
The radio segment started with Campbell asking Schlussel if she experienced or witnessed any inappropriate behavior during her time at Fox News. “Only by Sean Hannity, not by Bill O’Reilly,” Schlussel replied.
Campbell jumped on that statement and asked Schlussel to explain. The lawyer proceeded to launch into a rambling, nearly eight-minute monologue with a laundry list of charges against Hannity, Fox News executive Bill Shine, Hannity’s replacement hosts and several women working at Fox News who Schlussel called “fixers for Roger Ailes.”
At the core of Schlussel’s charges, her claim Hannity attempted to get her to come to his hotel room before and after his appearance in Detroit. Schlussel alleges her refusal to accept Hannity’s invitation doomed her from future appearances on the popular program.
TheBlaze reached out to Hannity for comment and received the following statement.
“LET ME BE CLEAR – THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual are 100% false and a complete fabrication.
This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.
The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.
This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric.
My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual.
In this fiercely divided & vindictive political climate, I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views. I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.”
This is not the first time Schlussel has attempted to smear Hannity. In 2010, the blogger claimed Hannity and the Freedom Alliance, a charity raising money for wounded veterans was barely donating any of the millions of dollars raised to vets or their families.
Schlussel also charged Hannity was bilking the charity by demanding expensive private jet travel service, “fleets” of luxury SUVs and several suites in high priced hotels in order to get him to the “Freedom Concert” events held by the Freedom Alliance.
Both Hannity and the Freedom Alliance dispute Schlussel’s claims. In fact, the day after the original post hit the internet, Freedom Alliance released a detailed statement addressing each accusation.