Scottie Nell Hughes, conservative political commentator and infamous Trump supporter, filed a lawsuit against Fox News on September 19th, 2017. The suit alleges that she was raped by Fox Business host Charles Payne in 2013 in a New York City hotel room.
Scottie Nell Hughes, who rose to prominence as a political contributor for CNN during the 2016, claims that she was banned from the Fox News network after reporting she was raped by Fox Business host Charles Payne.
US District Court Judge William Pauley III recently denied a bid by 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News and Fox Business, to halt Hughes’s lawsuit.
According to Hughes’s lawsuit, following the rape in 2013, Payne promised Hughes career opportunities.
In his opinion, Judge Pauley, ruled that since Hughes was an unpaid guest rather than a paid contributor, she “may not be considered under the financial benefit analysis.”
“If such allegations were deemed a financial benefit for purposes of determining employee status, virtually every commentator on a national television network could satisfy the remuneration requirement. In any event, an incidental benefit of appearing on a nationally televised program is widespread publicity and name recognition, and may not be considered under the financial benefit analysis.”
The judge did, however, trim the lawsuit by dismissing Hughes’s claim of discrimination and defamation as he concluded that her lawsuit failed to allege malice and damages in any tangible way.
Depending on how this lawsuit proceeds, Hughes may be able to challenge that separately as a Fox News spokesperson said of the suit, “It’s worth noting that Doug is Ms. Hughes’ third representative in the last six months to raise some variation of these claims which concern events from four years ago, since it apparently took some time to find someone willing to file this bogus case.”