According to The New Yorker, Fox News quietly paid around $4 million to a woman who had accused a former network host of sexual harassment.
Kimberly Guilfoyle is the former co-host of ‘The Five’, and is currently dating Donald Trump Jr. Guilfoyle also serves as President Trump’s campaign finance chair. She has also been accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate actions.
According to The New Yorker, one of Guilfoyle’s female assistants at Fox News sent a 42 page confidential draft complaint to company executives in 2018, which accused Guilfoyle of repeated sexual harassment.
In order to avoid going to trial in an investigation of sexual harassment against its former star Kimberly Guilfoyle, Fox agreed to pay a Guilfoyle accuser upward of $4 million, @JaneMayerNYer reports. https://t.co/dbDcgEeAXE
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 1, 2020
The New Yorker article also reveals that Fox News paid an undisclosed sum to the woman, who no longer works for the news channel. The author of the article alleges that the payment was around $4 million, settling out of court.
Guilfoyle was reportedly forced out mid-contract at Fox News.
The New Yorker article corroborates past reporting that Guilfoyle did not leave the network voluntarily, and gives credence to sources which said that she was let go following an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct.
Six anonymous sources have come forward alleging that Guilfoyle would show personal lewd pictures of men, with whom she had sexual relations, to colleagues. They have also claimed that she regularly discussed sexual matters at work, and was emotionally abusive toward support staff.
Also mentioned in the report are allegations that the assistant was required to work at Guilfoyle’s New York apartment while Guilfoyle walked around naked, was forced to listen to her speak about her sex life constantly, was ordered to give the Fox News host thigh massages, and was told to ‘submit’ to a Fox employee’s sexual demands.
The New Yorker requested to interview Guilfoyle, but she declined. She told the news outlet that she has “never engaged in any workplace misconduct of any kind”.