Fox Host Accused of Harassment, Suspended

Fox Business News host Charles Payne has been suspended from the network amid sexual harassment against him

Fox Business Network anchor Charles Payne has been suspended as the company investigates sexual harassment allegations made against him.

Payne acknowledged the affair earlier this week, saying: "I would like to extend an apology to my family and friends for having been involved in a romantic affair that ended two years go", he said. A lawyer for Mr. Payne, Neal Korval, did not respond to requests for comment but told The Los Angeles Times that his client denied the allegations.

"We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct", FBN said in a statement.

The commentator claimed she tried to address the situation to Payne and Fox News executive Bill Shine - who resigned in May - but was unsuccessful.

According to sources speaking with HuffPo, Hughes believes that Fox, Payne and then co-president of Fox News Bill Shine "retaliated against her after they learned of the relationship, which would be the basis for her sexual harassment claim". The 21st Century Fox began an investigation in June after a woman contacted Fox's external law firm Paul, Weiss to report an alleged sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rotating sub-hosts will fill in for Payne on Making Money, which Payne has hosted since 2014.

The network said Thursday it suspended "Making Money" host Charles Payne pending an investigation, but didn't provide any details.

Now Hughes is targeting Payne, arguing that her appearances on the network declined remarkably after she ended their relationship.

21st Century Fox has been reviewing a series of sexual harassment allegations that have been raised in recent months.

Payne has worked at Fox Business Network since its launch in 2007. Soon after, Ailes' "right-hand man" Bill Shine was sacked from his top executive spot at Fox amid reports that he had attempted to silence and retaliate against women who came forward to report harassment at the network.

The development came exactly a year after a sexual harassment scandal at Fox News first burst into public view with a lawsuit against Roger E. Ailes, the network's former chairman.

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