Fox Business suspends host Charles Payne amid sexual harassment allegations

Charles Payne

The analyst whose accusations of sexual harassment have led to Fox Business Network's Charles Payne being suspended has been identified as Scottie Nell Hughes. Hughes, whose contract was not renewed by CNN after the election, returned to her native Tennessee and has recently expressed interest in running for Congress.

The married host admitted to the National Enquirer yesterday that he had an affair with an also married female political analyst who was a frequent guest on FBN from 2013 up until a year ago. He is married and a father, and acknowledged the extra-marital affair on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 while apologizing to his family.

Payne - who signed a new, multi-year deal with FBN just last month - first joined the network when it launched in 2007.

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

However, this time the "guilty party" is Fox Business News' "Making Money" host, Charles Payne.

He added: 'This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner'.

Asked for a comment by the HuffPo, Hughes referred inquiries to her representative who has yet to respond. 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. 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. An attorney representing Payne has also "categorically denied" the allegations to The Los Angeles Times.

Fox has been embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal for a year.

Popular right-wing host Billy O'Reilly found out he was sacked from the network in April, while on vacation in Italy, after an African-American woman accused him of sexual harassment.

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