Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, whose sudden disappearance from the afternoon program “Outnumbered” last spring sparked frustration and curiosity among viewers, filed a lawsuit against the network Monday, accusing its most powerful figures of having either sexually harassed her or been complicit in trying to silence her afterward.
“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” the suit stated, according to The New York Times.
Specifically, Tantaros accused disgraced former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned last month over allegations made by other former hosts, of sexually harassing her and then tasking his subordinates with intimidating her into silence.
“Ailes did not act alone,” the lawsuit read. “He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation and retaliation.”
Included among these “senior lieutenants” was Bill O’Reilly, whom Tantaros claimed also subjected her to unwelcome advances.
During one of the alleged incidents involving Ailes, the former network CEO asked Tantaros to turn around “so I can get a good look at you,” the lawsuit maintained, adding that after she refused, Ailes demoted her from “The Five” to the less popular “Outnumbered” program.
These constant rebuffs eventually led to Tantaros encountering hostility from the network’s publicity department and allegedly being compared to a “rabid dog” that could not be controlled.
Clearly, the likelihood of her ever returning to the network is scant, at best. But if these accusations turn out to be true, then she would be far better off finding work elsewhere anyway — and we’d consider that Fox News’ loss.