Claims of sexual misconduct continue to swarm Fox News with Sean Hannity being the latest host coming under pressure. As reported on April 21st, 2017, conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel claimed on Oklahoma-based radio show the Pat Cambell Show that Hannity denied her appearance on his popular Hannity Show after she had refused to return back to his hotel room after a book signing.
On the radio show Schlussel claims,
“He had some event at a bookstore where he signed his book for people standing in line. He asked me to come meet him at this book signing,” Schlussel explained on the Pat Campbell show. “So I met him there and it was very awkward. He had me up there with him while he signed books and I felt very weird. These people don’t know me and they didn’t come for me to sign their books. Then I left to get ready for the show, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?’ and I said no, I have to get ready for the show.”
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Sean Hannity denied the allegations from Schlussel writing,
“LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100 percent false and a complete fabrication,” Hannity wrote. “This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.”
“The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with,” Hannity wrote. “This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric.”
Hannity threatened legal action stating,
“My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual. In this fiercely divided and vindictive political climate I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views. I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.”
This accusation by Schlussel comes after popular Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and CEO Roger Ailes left Fox after similar accusations and substantial settlements with the accusers.
This comes during a time where media mogul Rupert Murdoch has turned over the company to his two sons James and Lachlan Murdoch. The New York Times reports that the two sons are set to overhaul the company’s parent company 21st Century Fox. The Times reports that the brothers are “determined to rid the company of the old-guard culture on which their father built his empire”.
With the Murdoch brother seen as more Progressive politically, big changes could mean a less supportive network to hosts like Hannity embroiled in the defense of sexual accusations. The Times also reports that James Murdoch’s “progressive-minded” wife Kathryn has been embarrassed by certain elements of Fox News while James’ views have been more in line with his father’s. The latest drama at the network involving top hosts could definitely swing the company into another direction.
LawNewz.com is reporting that Debbie Schlussel has clarrified her previous statements on the Pat Cambell show on Monday 4-24-17 after her claims went viral over the weekend.
“I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” Schussel said, “I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked,”