‘She only realized she was coerced into foraying into another woman’s home after she was outed before she could reap the anticipated financial fall out – three years out.’
‘Makes a whole lot of sense, both networks dropped her’
CNN political analyst Scottie Nell Hughes could sue Fox Business host Charles Payne for sexual harassment
Married mother-of-two Hughes, 37, is claiming Payne who is also married ‘Coerced her into three-year affair’ from 2013 to 2016
Payne, 56, who hosts Fox Business show ‘Making Money’, was accused of sexual misconduct by Hughes, leading to his current suspension
Hughes alleges Payne coerced her into a relationship with threats of reprisals and she continued with the three-year affair because she felt it would get her a permanent stint at Fox
Hughes eventually was she was dropped by Fox, she claims the network had it in for her because she reported the affair to their lawyers
However, sources say Payne’s wife saw them flirting at his birthday hosted in his home and told Bill Shine, then head of programming, who dropped the Trump supporter
Payne apologized for affair with Hughes, Wednesday, but ‘categorically denies’ any acts of sexual harassment
Scottie Nell Hughes
Former TV analyst,Scottie Nell Hughes, has been identified as being behind the accusations of sexual harassment that led to Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne being suspended.
It emerged Thursday that Payne, who hosts Making Money, had been accused of having a three-year affair with a married political analyst who had worked for CNN.
That woman was Hughes and their relationship was well-known within Fox News circles, ten sources told the Huffington Post.
Charles Payne [left], has been suspended after an allegation of sexual harassment made by married analyst Scottie Nell Hughes [right]. The pair had a three-year affair. Hughes is claiming she was coerced into the affair
The Fox Business host who has worked at Fox Business Network since it launched in 2006, a married father, has admitted to the affair, but denies claims that he coerced Hughes into the relationship with threats of reprisals.
He was suspended in July 6 while the network investigates her allegation.
Hughes, 37, is best known for her pro-Trump appearances on CNN during last year, when she made a string of gaffes, including referring to Molotov cocktails as ‘Mazel Tov cocktails’.
But she also worked as an unpaid guest commentator on Fox from 2013-2016 – during which time she struck up an affair with the married father, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The conservative commentator spent the 2016 presidential campaign at CNN, where she defended Donald Trump before he won the election. She is also the editor of Right Alerts, which bills itself as “Breaking News Without The Liberal Bias,” and writes essays on her own website.
Hughes was also one time news director of the Tea Party News Network.
Chris and Scottie Nell Hughes
Scott who is married to Chris Hughes a GOP State Committeeman in Tennessee and has two children started appearing on the Fox Business network in 2013, and reportedly kept an apartment near the network’s Sixth Avenue headquarters in New York. Her husband and two children remained at their home in Nashville, TN while she worked to gain a contract with the network as a paid commentator.
According to the Huffintgon Post, she hoped her relationship with Payne would get her a permanent place on Fox.
The pair, sources say barely hid their illicit encounters, apparently sharing a hotel room at a May 2015 company trip to the Money Show in Las Vegas, Payne, who was hosting Making Money With Charles Payne at the event, disappeared with Hughes for ‘hours’ at one point, the sources claimed.
The bloom went off the relationship when Scottie married, attended Payne’s birthday party at his home in 2015, where the pair’s behavior reportedly made Payne’s wife uncomfortable.
Hughes now claims that she was coerced into the relationship with threats of reprisals.
But she also told her lawyer that she had stayed in the relationship because she thought he would help her land a permanent position at the network, sources said.
Hughes allegedly tried to talk about the situation with former head of programming Bill Shine, who left Fox News this May – but to no avail, her lawyer says.
She eventually reported the affair to Fox’s law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, when it ended in 2015, telling them of the threats she had allegedly received.
She says that led to her being blackballed from the show.
Charles Payne is married to Yvonne Payne
The Huffintgon Post, reports she was banished from the network after Payne’s wife – upset by the pair’s behavior at his birthday party, told Shine her concerns, who then barred her from appearing on Fox News or Fox Business, multiple insiders said, despite her vehement support for Trump making her an ideal fit for the channels.
Hughes’ lawyer is now preparing a legal complaint against Fox News and Payne.
Payne, a married father and grandfather, acknowledged to the extramarital affair on Wednesday.
Charles Payne is the founder, CEO and chief financial analyst of Wall Street Strategies
‘I would like to extend an apology to my family and friends for having been involved in a romantic affair that ended two years ago,’ he said in a statement to the National Enquirer.
However, Payne’s s lawyer told the Los Angeles Times that his client ‘categorically denies’ any acts of sexual harassment against Hughes.
Fox Business recently renewed Payne’s contract.
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.’
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.’
As well as departing Fox, Hughes was dropped from CNN in part due to her on-air slips.
Scottie was staunch supporter through the 2016 campaign
Charles Payne [center],on set of Fox Business show ‘Making Money’
Hughes claims Fox stopped hiring her not because of Payne’s wife’s complaints, but because of a vendetta after she reported the affair and alleged harassment to their lawyers
She is now national spokesman for the pro-Trump PAC The Committee To Defend The President.
The accusations are the latest in a series of allegations of sexual misconduct at Fox.
Popular right-wing host Billy O’Reilly found out he was fired from the network in April, while on vacation in Italy, after an African-American woman accused him of sexual harassment. She said he would call her ‘hot chocolate’ when he walked by during the day, and would grunt at her ‘like a wild boar’.
O’Reilly denies all the claims against him.
Ex-Fox News Latino Vice President Francisco Cortes and 21st Century Fox settled sexual assault allegations against him by political commentator, Tamara Holder.
But the biggest departure came last year when former boss Roger Ailes was forced to resign amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations.
Ailes who died a few months ago, left Fox with a $60 million payout.