Ex-Host Sues: Fox Like a 'Playboy Mansion-Like Cult'

Andrea Tantaros also accuses Roger Ailes of harassment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2016 11:53 AM CDT
Another Female Ex-Host Sues Fox
This 2013 photo shows, from left, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros of 'The Five' on Fox News.   (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)

The departure of Roger Ailes hasn't stopped the legal trouble over sexual harassment claims at Fox News. On Monday, former host Andrea Tantaros sued the network, Ailes, and other Fox execs and alleged that she was punished after she complained about inappropriate remarks by Ailes, reports USA Today. According to the suit, he once told her to "turn around so I can get a good look at you,” told her she'd look good in a bikini, and forbid her from wearing pants on her shows because he wanted to see her legs. Tantaros says that when she complained to other execs, she was rebuffed and told to drop it, reports the New York Times. Eventually, she says she was taken off the air in retaliation.

"Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny," says the lawsuit. Fox isn't commenting on the pending litigation. Ailes resigned from the network following an internal investigation launched when former host Gretchen Carlson sued over similar allegations. Ailes has denied them. In her suit, Tantaros also says that Bill O'Reilly made unwanted advances toward her and that Fox execs made unflattering comments about her via fake, or "sock puppet," accounts on social media. (Read more Fox News stories.)

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