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Former Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Roger Ailes. Also Named as a Defendant Is Bill Shine, a Close Ailes Lieutenant Who Was Recently Named Co-President of Fox News

Aug 25, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has moved forward in filing a lawsuit against Fox News and its ex-chief Roger Ailes for alleged sexual harassment,” reports The Hollywood Reporter’s legal website, THR, Esq.

The story continues: “She didn’t stop there. Also named as defendants in a complaint lodged in New York Supreme Court [are] Ailes’ replacement Bill Shine, vp legal affairs Dianne Brandi, vp corporate communications Irena Briganti and executive vp programming and development Suzanne Scott.

The report quotes the following passage from the complaint: “However this Complaint is not just about Ailes. For 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.”

THR notes that a Fox News spokesperson said the network couldn’t comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit also states: “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 and Briganti’s retaliatory media vendetta against her. In response, Shine told Tantaros that Ailes was a ‘very powerful man’ and that Tantaros ‘needed to let this one go.’ … 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.”

To read more details about this story — including the actual lawsuit — please click here, which will take you to the original THR story.

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