Payne returning to Fox Business show
Fox Business Network host Charles Payne is returning to his job at the network after he was cleared in an internal investigation of sexual harassment claims lodged by a female political analyst who was a frequent guest on his program, reports Stephen Battaglio of the Los Angeles Times.
“I’m back hosting Making Money w/ Charles Payne tonight on @FoxBusiness helping Americans take control of their financial destiny.”
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) September 8, 2017
Battaglio reports, “Payne was investigated on charges from a female political commentator who said she was allegedly coerced into a sexual relationship with him in return for guest appearances on the network.
“Payne acknowledged that he was in a three-year ‘romantic relationship’ with the woman. But he has called the claims of harassment ‘an ugly lie.’
“The woman was never an employee of Fox News but appeared as a guest on numerous Fox News and Fox Business Network programs with the hope of becoming a paid contributor.
“She has told her lawyer, who prepared a legal complaint against Fox News and Payne, that she stayed in the relationship with the host because she believed he would help her chances of landing a paying position at the network. She alleged that her opportunities diminished after the relationship ended in 2015 when Payne’s wife learned of their involvement.”
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