Saturday, July 8, 2017

Charles Payne Vows To Fight Harassment Allegations

Fox Business Network host Charles Payne took to social media Friday to rebut allegations of sexual harassment that led to his suspension from the channel.

“I will fight this like a lion armed with truth,” Payne tweeted Friday.

Payne was removed from the air indefinitely Thursday, hours after the Los Angeles Times reported that he was being investigated by FBN parent 21st Century Fox. A female political analyst who was a frequent guest on the network brought her allegations of sexual misconduct last month to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the law firm investigating harassment claims for Fox.

Payne, who hosted the nightly FBN program “Making Money,” criticized the media for the reports.

Payne acknowledged to the National Enquirer on Wednesday — the day before his suspension — that he was in a three-year “romantic relationship” with the woman. But he has called the claims of harassment “an ugly lie.”

Payne also hired a new attorney, Jonathan Halpern, who said in a statement late Thursday night: “Charles Payne vehemently denies the allegations. He will defend himself vigorously against these claims and will hold those responsible to account.”

The woman who filed a complaint with Paul, Weiss was never an employee of Fox News but appeared as a guest across numerous Fox News and Fox Business Network programs with the hope of becoming a paid contributor. She has told her lawyer, who is preparing a legal complaint against Fox News and Payne, that she stayed in the relationship with the host because she believed he would help her chances of landing a position at the network. She alleges that her opportunities diminished after the relationship ended in 2015 when Payne’s wife learned of their involvement.

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