Fox News’ sexual harassment scandal escalates as another lawsuit was filed against the executives and prominent correspondents of the conservative channel. Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is behind the lawsuit against ex-chief Roger Ailes, replacement Bill Shine, vp legal affairs Dianne Brandi, vp corporate communications Irena Briganti and executive vp programming and development Suzanne Scott.
Andrea Tantaros had some very interesting things to say about the behind the scenes environment of the channel. In the lawsuit she claims that Fox News “operated like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.”
Tantaros also mentioned in her allegations the popular Bill O’Reilly, accusing him of sexual harassment as well. It is important to mention that despite the allegations Bill O’Reilly is not a defendant in this case.
“Ailes did not act alone. He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation, and retaliation.”
In more detaile about how women were treated on Fox News while Ailes was in power, Tantaros described that she was specifically instructed to wear clothes that showed off her legs, was forced to change clothes in front of the network’s wardrobe personnel, and even more disturbingly she described how Ailes would ask of her to turn around so he could get a better look at her body and said, “I bet you look good in a bikini.”
For a news network that so often was accused of misleading their viewers and being fact free in their reporting, it is not surprising that some improper behavior was taking place behind the scenes, but this we did not expect.