'Making Money' host Charles Payne suspended from Fox Business Network

Getty Images

A suspended Fox Business Network host says he will fight reported charges of sexual harassment "like a lion armed with truth".

"On a company trip in May 2015 to Las Vegas, where Payne was hosting his Fox Business show, 'Making Money With Charles Payne, ' at the annual Money Show conference, they appeared to be sharing a room and had disappeared at one point for hours, leaving their colleagues behind", the HuffPo reports.

A spokesman for the channel said that the company takes 'issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct'. "This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely matter".

She's also working with her lawyer to file a lawsuit against the network. She told her lawyer that she continued the affair "because she believed he would help her chances of landing a position at the network", according to LA Times' sources.

The woman who accused Payne of sexual harassment is former network guest Scottie Nell Hughes.

Payne acknowledged a three-year extra-marital sexual relationship to the National Enquirer Wednesday, the newspaper reported.

Hughes alleges that she went to the former head of programming, Bill Shine, to discuss her situation, but nothing came of it. Shine himself left Fox in May 2017.

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

Payne, 56, who is also a Wall Street financial analyst, has been a mainstay at Fox Business Network since its 2006 imauguration, and has enjoyed substantial ratings growth since then.

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.

21st Century Fox has been hounded by sexual harassment allegations over the past year.



Other news