Scottie Nell Hughes, conservative political pundit, filed a lawsuit against Fox News network on Monday asserting she was assaulted by former colleague Charles Payne and after that boycotted by the channel after she reported the assault to them.
In the claim recorded in federal court, Scottie Nell Hughes says Payne assaulted her in a hotel room in New York in the year 2013 and coerced her into having sexual relationship in return for on-air appearance.
After she stopped the relationship and told her story to Fox on 2017, the woman says the network network blacklisted her, then leaked a story to the National Enquirer turning her ordeal into a romantic affair between her and Payne.
Charles Payne’s lawyer, Jonathan Halpern, said that his client “fervently denies any wrongdoing and plans to defend himself vivaciously against this unjustifiable dissension.
Halpern said: “We are confident that when the evidence is presented in this case, Mr. Payne will be fully vindicated and these outrageous accusations against him will be confirmed as completely false,”
A Fox News representative likewise said that the claim was just a publicity stunt from Hughes and her lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, who is represnting and speaking for other present and previous Fox News employees in similar cases. He said: “The latest publicity stunt of a lawsuit filed by Doug Wigdor has absolutely no merit and is downright shameful. We will vigorously defend this. It’s worth noting that Doug is Ms. Hughes’ third representative in the last six months to raise some variation of these claims which concern events from four years ago, since it apparently took some time to find someone willing to file this bogus case.”