Fox Business Network Suspends Charles Payne Amid Misconduct Inquiry
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jul 08, 2017,
Jul 08, 2017, 0:22
The suspension of Mr. Payne came after The National Enquirer published an article on Wednesday in which he acknowledged and apologized for an extramarital affair with a former CNN and Fox News contributor.
Bill O'Reilly, the news network's top star, left in April after it was reported he and Fox News paid millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims filed since 2004. While Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison - the same firm that probed the network's parent company in previous sexual harassment claims - investigate the alleged sexual harassment case, the woman is discussing with her lawyer about filing a lawsuit against the network and Payne.
Payne, who is suspended pending further investigation, will be replaced by a rotating team of substitute hosts on "Making Money" for the time being.
The cable news network said in a statement: "We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct".
But she also worked as a for-hire commentator on Fox from 2013-2016 - during which time she struck up an affair with the married father, according to the Los Angeles Times. She also told them of the threats she allegedly received.
In March, former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder reached a legal settlement with 21st Century Fox after she reported sexual assault by Fox News Latino executive Francisco Cortes at company headquarters in 2015. She says that she kept an apartment near Fox's Manhattan headquarters for the entire duration of the "affair" as she believed it would help her get a permanent position at the network. A Fox spokesperson said that an investigation has begun into the accusations and Payne's conduct. 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.