Andrea Tantaros Lawsuit Calls FOX News a ‘Sex-Fueled, Playboy Mansion-like Cult’

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Many FOX News viewers have noticed a familiar face has been missing from the lineup at the number one cable news network in America, a favorite of conservatives, Andrea Tantaros.

Tantaros, while still employed at FOX News, was taken off the air in what was described as a contract dispute.

However, a blockbuster report by the New York Times on Monday confirms that Tantaros is suing FOX News, joining Gretchen Carlson and several other women who have alleged that recently fired former head, Roger Ailes, who now reportedly is advising Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has sexually harassed her, along with other top people at the network, including Bill O’Reilly.

The lawsuit by Andrea Tantaros, a former co-host of The Five, filed in New York Supreme Court, reads like a salacious novel:

“FOX News masquerades as a defender of family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.” 

RELATED: REPORT: New Audio Tapes Emerge Confirming Sexual Harassment by Ailes; 8-Figure Settlement Expected

Judd Burnstein, the attorney for Andrea Tantaros, said that during prior arbitration, FOX News offered to pay her “seven figures” to renounce sexual harassment claims made against Roger Ailes, including those made against Bill O’Reilly, the host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the highest rated news commentary program on cable television.

The lawsuit contends that Roger Ailes “did not act alone,” and accuses Bill O’Reilly, as well as Ailes’ “most senior lieutenants” condoning the lewd behavior, as well as engaging in tactics to silence Tantaros using “threats, humiliation and retaliation.”

The Times reports additional details of the suit:

Ms. Tantaros joined Fox as a contributor in 2010, and a year later was named co-host of “The Five,” which aired at 5 p.m. She said in the suit that she was repeatedly told by Fox executives that she could not wear pants on the air because “Roger wants to see your legs.”

The lawsuit goes on to say that on Aug. 12, 2014, Mr. Ailes called her into his office and asked if she was planning to marry and have children. “Ailes then started complaining about marriage in general, and also made off-color jokes about being married,” the lawsuit states. It describes Mr. Ailes as speculating on the sexual habits and preferences of 10 Fox News personalities.

He asked Ms. Tantaros to turn around “so I can get a good look at you,” the lawsuit charges, adding that Ms. Tantaros refused. Soon after, she was moved from “The Five” to a lower-rated show, “Outnumbered,” that aired at midday.

The lawsuit describes a meeting in February where Ailes is accused of wondering how Andrea Tantaros would look in a bikini and accused her of using a man she had just ended a lengthy relationship with, an accusation Tantaros said brought her to tears.

As we reported earlier, Tantaros says that after she filed a formal complaint in April 2015, she was further intimidated by FOX News executive vice president Bill Shine who she says told her allegedly told her, ‘Roger is a very powerful man’ adding that she should not fight this.

Many of the female on-air talent at FOX news previously and openly defended Roger Ailes, including Jeanine Pirro, Greta Van Susteren, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, however, superstar host of The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly, who has a new book to be released soon, a book that is speculated to be a “tell-all,” has been silent on the matter.

In July, Donald Trump was asked about his friend Roger Ailes troubles, and in Trump-like fashion, Trump attacked the victims, while giving Ailes a pass:

Trump continues to praise Ailes in light of these allegations. “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them,” he explained in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I’ve always found him to be a very, very good person. So I feel very badly.”

Trump went on to imply that at least some of the women were lying.

“I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining…when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him,” Trump said. “And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him.”

Gretchen Carlson left FOX News in July of this year. The former host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, announced her exit and lawsuit on Facebook:

The lawsuit alleges that Ailes repeatedly “injected sexual and/or sexist comments” into conversations; made “sexual advances by various means;” and said to her last September, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.”

The suit says Carlson requested the September meeting because she was seeking to “bring to an end the retaliatory and discriminatory treatment she had endured.”

Instead, the suit alleges, the “retaliation” continued through June, when her contract was not renewed.

“I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career, Carlson wrote. “Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace.”

Carlson also lodged allegations of misogynistic behavior by FOX & Friends’ co-host, Steve Doocy.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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