Fox News Suspends Host Charles Payne

Fox Business Network host and frequent Fox News contributor Charles Payne was suspended indefinitely pending an investigation on Thursday after accusations of sexual harassment from political pundit Scottie Nell Hughes, the Tennessean reported.

The Los Angeles Times first revealed the charges Thursday after Payne was suspended following the airing of his program “Making Money.”

“We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” a statement issued by a Fox Business Network representative read. “This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”

The allegations stem from what Payne describes as a three-year affair he allegedly had with Hughes, a former CNN employee who had appeared frequently on Fox News and other media outlets. (In the interests of full disclosure, we must note she was previously employed at Liftable Media, Conservative Tribune’s publisher). She became particularly well-known as a surrogate for Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. Both Hughes and Payne are married.

According to the Times, sources say “she stayed in the relationship because she believed he would help her chances of landing a position at the network.” The Times report also states “she alleges that she was coerced into a sexual relationship with Payne under threat of reprisals.”

After she tried to end the relationship, Hughes alleges Payne snubbed her and her appearances on the network were greatly diminished.

ccording to the Times and other news reports, Payne admitted an affair in a statement to the National Enquirer in which he apologized to his wife, children and friends. However, in a Twitter post, he said he would fight any allegations “like a lion armed with truth.”

“That is an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core. There is a mountain of proof that also proves it’s a lie,” Payne added in another tweet.

Payne is the latest host under the Fox umbrella to face accusations of sexual harassment since late former network head Roger Ailes was dismissed last summer; Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have been the most notable names to have faced allegations of sexually-inappropriate behavior.

H/T The Daily Caller

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