(NationalSentinel) Media: We really hate to report on this kind of stuff – you may notice we assiduously avoided “reporting” about former Fox News giant Bill O’Reilly’s various allegations about sexual advances he allegedly made against several women.
But this story seems different.
Now, another top host for Fox News, Sean Hannity, is in the crosshairs. Only, he doesn’t appear to be taking allegations against him lightly.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail:
Fox News host Sean Hannity has been forced to deny he sexually harassed a former guest on his popular cable news program.
Debbie Schlussel said the married primetime anchor invited her back to his hotel in Detroit after the pair met at a book signing.
After the conservative political commentator turned down the father-of-two’s advances, she claims she wasn’t invited back on his show.
Schlussel also said Hannity, whose show draws an average of more than two million viewers a night, got angry when she turned ‘redhead’ and claims the veteran broadcaster asked her ‘creepy’ questions about her pants size.
In an interview with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based radio host Pat Campbell, she said: ‘This kind of stuff is all over the place at Fox News and anything that has to do with Sean Hannity.’
Hannity denied Schlussel’s allegations and accused her of seeking attention in a statement to DailyMail.com on Monday.
‘LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication,’ wrote Hannity.
‘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.’
He went on to say: ‘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.’
There’s more. Schlussel made an accusation in 2010 claiming that Hannity, in his work for his preferred charity, Freedom Alliance – which was founded by retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a former National Security Council member in the Reagan administration – billed them hundreds of thousands for each appearance that covered lavish hotel rooms, a “fleet of SUVs,” and other expensive amenities.
Turns out that was completely false. The charity refuted that, saying Hannity was not only one if its biggest donors – $200,000 to Freedom Alliance (at the time) and an additional $100,000 to the Wounded Warriors Foundation – but that he paid all of his expenses to attend the charity’s fund-raising events, which included concerts to help raise money to fund college tuition for the children of military vets killed in action.
Turns out Schlussel made those public accusations without ever calling Freedom Alliance for comment. They were completely false.
Two things are obvious here: 1) Schlussel has a credibility problem; and 2) Fox News is under assault by the Left. What her role in all of this is remains to be seen, but she’s playing a part.
But what also makes this “he said, she said” story interesting other than it has something to do with one of Fox News‘ biggest successes and personalities is that this host plans to fight back. O’Reilly and former network chief Roger Ailes did not.
We’ll see how it shakes out, but honestly, at this point, Hannity has more going for him than his accuser.