The legal trouble over at Fox News is piling up fast. What began at the very top when CEO Roger Ailes was ousted over numerous sexual harassment claims has now has made its way through their top rated show’s host, Bill O’Reilly, and now his replacement in the 8 PM EST time slot, Tucker Carlson.
On Monday, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed yet another lawsuit against the network. Tantaros, who previously filed sexual harassment lawsuits against both Ailes and O’Reilly, claims that Roger Ailes, co-president Bill Shine, and other “senior executives” arranged to “have her private communications spied on as part of a campaign of intimidation.”
Tantaros claims that the network spied on her through her private electronic communications and gave the information they found to Twitter accounts acting on Fox News’ behalf. A list of the tweets and the personal information they contained, information Tantaros insists could only have come from hacking into her private communications, were included in the lawsuit.
The legal document states that Tantaros began experiencing backlash online from fake Fox News Twitter accounts shortly after reporting Ailes and O’Reilly for sexually harassing her.
‘There was a large increase in negative social media posts about Tantaros…Fox News was the source of these negative comments, by posting them on its numerous “sock puppet” accounts…It has been widely reported that Fox News maintains a large number of “sock puppet” accounts…media relations was also shopping negative stories about Tantaros, and leaking baseless and harmful information about Tantaros to discredit her and cause reputational harm.’
Instances of the specific pieces of information stolen from Tantaros’ personal electronic communications were also listed.
‘Examples of this include receiving a tweet in June 2016 for an ad for the DVD of 1957 film The Black Scorpion after one of her friends was hospitalized due to a scorpion bite. That same month, one day after she and her mother had spoken about the death of her brother Daniel on the phone, she received a tweet about Daniel’s death.’
Fox News has denied these allegations just as Roger Ailes’ denied the claims of 20 different women that he sexually harassed them and Bill O’Reilly denied those same types of claims despite paying millions of dollars to keep the women from coming forward.
Is this the beginning of the end for Fox News?
For video of Andrea Tantaros’ interview on Good Morning America regarding the sexual harassment at Fox News, see video below: