Soros’s Think Progress and the rest of the anti-Fox media are having a fun romp through the details of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox filed by former Fox cable news star Andrea Tantaros. Before people take any of this at face value, they need to wait for a response by the defendants and those who were named.
Bill O’Reilly is not a named defendant but Tantaros does mention him in the filing and it’s a blow to his reputation:
[C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be “very private,” and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could “see [her] as a wild girl,” and that he believed that she had a “wild side.” Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.
Against Fox News executive Bill Shine, the suit alleges:
Perhaps the most shocking encounter of all was a Spring 2015 meeting between Tantaros and Fox News Senior Executive, Defendant William Shine (“Shine”), during which Tantaros sought relief from Ailes’s sexual harassment… In response, Shine told Tantaros that Ailes was a “very powerful man” and that Tantaros “needed to let this one go.” Yet, after Ailes was revealed to be a sexual predator and forced to resign, Shine was promoted to Co-President of Fox News. Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be “business as usual” at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women.
About Roger Ailes, who she said asked her to do the “twirl” — turn in a circle — so he could look at her figure. She quoted him as saying the following in one conversation:
Tantaros alleges that Ailes sent the clear message to Tantaros that her demotion could be reversed if she were receptive to his advances by providing her with a September 2014 employment agreement which referenced her appearing on both Outnumbered and The Five. Ailes’s message was reinforced by the fact that there was no public announcement of Tantaros’s move to Outnumbered — something that Fox News would have normally publicized to increase the popularityof the show by reason of Tantaros’s following on The Five.
Tantaros also accused actor Dean Cain, Fox News correspondent John Roberts (“Roberts”), Ben Collins, and former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown of making advances to which Bill Shine did nothing after she asked that these men not be booked on Outnumbered again.
She accuses the PR department of allowing women to be abused.
Tantaros is looking for $49 million in damages.
And so it goes for the only right-leaning media outlet.
You can read the complaint yourself.