Fox News is in trouble again for sexual harassment, this time for host Sean Hannity.
On Friday, former frequent Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel told the Pat Campbell Show that Hannity had twice invited her back to his hotel room when they were both appearing on one of his shows. She refused him both times and has since never appeared on his show again.
A Fox News spokesperson says that Schlussel was not a contributor to the channel – just a “guest.”
According to Schlussel, Hannity had invited her to a store where he was signing books, and when she came, he asked her, “Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?”
“No, I have to get ready for the show,” she replied.
He then asked her to come back with him to his hotel after the show had taped, and she refused again.
“I wasn’t booked on his show again, and he called me and yelled at me,” Schlussel said. “It was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him after. I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”
“This kind of stuff is all over the place at Fox News and anything that has to do with Sean Hannity,” she added.
In a statement provided to theGrio.com by Fox News, Hannity called the accusations “100 percent false and a complete fabrication.”
Schlussel tells Lawnewz.com in an interview published Monday that she would “never” accuse Hannity of “sexual harassment.” She does, however, stand by her original description of the events:
I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked.
Hannity’s full statement is below:
LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication.
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.
This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric.
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 & 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.