Written by DML
Earlier today, we reported about the new sexual harassment bombshell to hit Fox News. This time the allegations are against Fox News Business host, Charles Payne, who according to the LA Times has been suspended by the network. Now, the Huffington Post is reporting the woman spearheading those claims is Tea Party activist and cable news guest, Scottie Nell Hughes.
According to the report, Hughes and Payne have engaged in a 3-year affair. Both Hughes and Payne are married with children.
Hughes was often seen on Fox News as a guest. But she suddenly stopped making appearances on the network after rumors surfaced about the affair, according to the report.
The HuffPo and the Daily Mail both state that Hughes is accusing Payne of sexual misconduct. The articles also state that she alleges Payne coerced her into a relationship with threats of reprisals. Hughes allegedly reported the affair to Fox News lawyers, and according to the articles Hughes was caught flirting with Payne at a party.
Payne’s wife is said to have seen it all unfold and it was reported to Fox News executive, Bill Shine, who saw to it Hughes was no longer a network guest.
The Daily Mail reports that Payne expressed regret for the affair earlier in the week, but denied any sexual misconduct.
HuffPo claims to have heard from ten sources within Fox News that it is indeed Hughes. Although the confirmation of Hughes being the woman involved hasn’t been confirmed by Fox News, I wouldn’t be shocked if it is indeed her.
I first met Scottie Neil Hughes in 2012 during the making of They Come to America II. I was at an immigration event in DC being interviewed by various radio show hosts in between my film making. While there, in comes Senator Marco Rubio . He was spearheading the Gang of 8 bill at the time.
Rubio sat down with a radio host from GA, Rusty Humphries. At the time, Hughes was working with Humphries as a producer.
Apparently, Hughes wanted to make the shift from producer to broadcaster, and so Humphries told Hughes she’d be able to interview Rubio after he was finished. However, her plan got nixed when I jumped in front of Rubio with my camera and began asking him hard hitting questions about why he would support an amnesty bill.
My questions led Rubio to be whisked away by his staffers. He immediately left the event.
This left Hughes without an interview. She actually began crying right in front of me. Humphries, who I knew rather well, just looked at me in disbelief and smirked. He then attended to Hughes and tried to deal with the waterworks. I chuckled and moved on.
Years later, when I had my NewsmaxTV show, Hughes had made the switch from producer to guest commentator. She was heavily pro-Trump, and she appeared on Fox and CNN. She also appeared on all the Newsmax shows but mine, and that’s because I would not permit my team to book her.
I always took Hughes for being a phony who was interested in doing whatever it took to climb the media latter. Although I do not condone Payne’s behavior whatsoever, this story doesn’t surprise me one bit — assuming of course it’s not fake news.
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