Fox News Channel says its former host Andrea Tantaros “is not a victim, she is an opportunist” who is using a sexual harassment lawsuit as a “smokescreen” to distract from her “violation of her employment contract.”
Tantaros, meanwhile, has challenged current and former network execs to submit to a lie detector test, and the press obtained a copy of her proposed questions. Most were along the lines of “Did you ever ask Mr. Tantaros to turn around for you?,” “Did you ever say anything to Ms. Tantaros about how she would look in a bikini?,” “Do you know what a sock puppet account is?” and “Did you direct an independent contractor for Fox News to arrange for negative comments about Ms. Tantaros to be made on social media?”
Tantaros has been off the air for weeks, reportedly because she had not gotten the network’s blessing on her her book Tied Up In Knots, which Fox News maintains is required in her contract.
About a week ago, Tantaros filed her harassment lawsuit, naming FNC, Roger Ailes, recently upped-to-co-prez Bill Shine, and FNC’s EVP PR Irena Briganti, EVP Business and Legal Affairs Dianne Brandi and EVP Programming & Development Suzanne Scott.
Her lawsuit came on the heels of a sexual harassment suit filed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, which caused FNC parent company 21st Century Fox to launch an investigation and FNC chief Ailes to resign while continuing to insist the allegations were baseless.