Fox Business Host Suspended as New Sex Scandal Breaks

Fox Business Network has suspended host Charles Payne for sexual harassment

Fox Business Network host Charles PayneSource Richard Drew AP

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Fox Business Network has just suspended veteran host Charles Payne over accusations of harassment, apparently stemming from his treatment of an on-air analyst he engaged in a three-year sexual relationship with.

The presenter's statement to the supermarket tabloid included an apology to his wife, children and friends.

She said she only stayed in a relationship with Mr Payne because she hoped it would help her secure a permanent position at Fox, sources told the newspaper. Mr. Payne, who joined the network as a contributor at its start in 2007, has hosted the "Making Money" program at 6 p.m. since 2014.

"We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct", the network said in a statement.

Asked for a comment by the HuffPo, Hughes referred inquiries to her representative who has yet to respond.

In her complaint, the woman, who was not been named, also said the frequency of her appearance on the show reduced after the extramarital affair with Payne.

In June, Payne signed a multi-year contract to continue as host of "Making Money".

She also worked as an unpaid guest commentator on Fox from 2013-2016 during which time she began having an affair with the married father, according to the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this week, Fox Sports National President Jamie Horowitz came under the axe amid a sexual harassment probe.

As of now, Payne's lawyer Neal Koval, has claimed that the host denies having had any sexual contact with Hughes, yet the case is still under investigation.

Although The Times declined to name Payne's accuser, The Huffington Post identified her as Scottie Nell Hughes. Soon after, Ailes' "right-hand man" Bill Shine was sacked from his top executive spot at Fox amid reports that he had attempted to silence and retaliate against women who came forward to report harassment at the network.

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