Report: Fox News broadcaster Tantaros claims harassment by former CEO Ailes
Andrea Tantaros, a Fox News broadcaster, has joined a growing list of women who are accusing former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, according to a report this week by New York magazine.
Her allegations surface less than three weeks after Ailes left the conservative-leaning news network following a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him in early July by another Fox host, Gretchen Carlson, and an internal investigation of Carlson’s claims.
Carlson said that Ailes, 76, decided not to renew her contract in June after she refused his sexual advances and that he ignored her reports of “disparaging treatment” in the newsroom. Ailes, who left with a $40 million settlement, has denied her claims.
Tantaros has not spoken publicly on the matter until now. Through her lawyer, Tantaros, known for her vociferously conservative politics, told New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that she complained “multiple times” to senior Fox executives in 2015 about Ailes’ “inappropriate sexual behavior toward her.”
She says she was demoted and eventually taken off the air in April 2016 after the complaints. She remains on the Fox payroll.
Tantaros’ lawyer, Judd Burstein, could not be reached for comment.
Tantaros’ charges would contradict Fox News senior executives’ claims that they weren’t aware of sexual harassment allegations against Ailes prior to Carlson’s lawsuit. Burstein says Tantaros told three top Fox executives — Bill Shine, senior executive vice president of programming; Suzanne Scott, senior vice president of programming and development; and Dianne Brandi, executive vice president of legal and business affairs — about Ailes’ conduct before she was taken off the air.
Through a spokesperson, Shine said “Andrea never made any complaints to me about Roger Ailes sexually harassing her.”
According to the magazine’s report, Fox News attorneys maintain that the network suspended Tantaros with pay because she failed to vet her 2016 book, “Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable,” with the network.
Since Carlson’s lawsuit, other women have come forward with claims of sexual harassment by Ailes.
Megyn Kelly, host of “The Kelly File” on Fox News, told investigators from law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which is handling Fox’s internal probe, that she had been sexually harassed by Ailes, New York magazine reported last month. Six other women also told Sherman that they had been harassed by Ailes in the past, dating back to the 1960s.
Ailes, through his lawyer, has denied the women’s claims.