Andrea Tantaros, the former Fox News host, filed a lawsuit that claims she was forced off the air because of her complaints about the relentless sexual harassment from Roger Ailes and some others. On Monday, the Fox network filed a response calling Tantaros a lying “opportunist” who merely wishes she was sexually harassed.
In their response, Fox claims the reason for Tantaros suspension was because she was writing “an unauthorized book,” Tied Up in Knots – How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable, which is a disquisition on how feminism is bad, featuring a cover photo of Tantaros bound lightly with white rope. The book was a breach of Tantaros’ contract, Fox alleges, and the cover, featuring her in a “submissive and sexualized position,” directly broke the contract.
This is a rich irony, coming from the network where allegedly Roger Ailes was obsessed with female hosts showing as much leg as possible. However, Fox specifically alleges that Tantaros only started making sexual harassment claims when Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes. From their response:
“Tantaros’s unverified August 22 complaint has all the hallmarks of the “wannabe:” she now also claims that she was victimized by Roger Ailes when in fact, contrary to her plea, she has never complained about any conduct of this nature in the course of an investigation that occurred months ago.”
The response would be indicative that while it is true Roger Ailes did sexually harass some people, Andrea was not one of them. The response also demands that Andrea Tantaros go into arbitration with Fox News, stating that she has only pursued a lawsuit because it allows her to publicly vilify her targets.
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