Anchor Kelly Wright opens up about Fox News lawsuit

Anchor Kelly Wright opens up about Fox News lawsuit
Anchor Kelly Wright opens up about Fox News lawsuit
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30 April, 2017

And a Friday report from The Hollywood Reporter alleging that the Murdochs are seeking a woman to head Fox News as Shine's replacement is adding more fuel to the whopping fire. Ailes' departure came after he was also confronted with multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

When Murdoch elevated Shine last fall, the move rankled some at Fox News, especially women, who saw Shine as complicit in the sins of the past.

Fox said Slater was sacked in February in response to the complaints.

Separately on Tuesday, a former Fox News accounts payable specialist, Adasa Blanco, filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY claiming her complaints about racial discrimination were ignored and she was forced to quit in 2013 as a result.

Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003, claims that he "has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a "Jim Crow" - the racist caricature of a Black entertainer", Tom Kludt reported for the CNNMoney. While he was away, Fox News confirmed that his relationship with the network was terminated. For a time, Luhn said, Shine was even tasked with monitoring her outgoing emails.

"The courageous employees who filed this lawsuit have shown that at Fox News, being Black-or a person of color, or a woman-means having a target on your back", said Rashad Robinson, executive director at Color of Change, which has led the charge against O'Reilly and the network.

Shine has previously acknowledged to NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman that he scheduled Luhn's trips to NY and recommended doctors for her, but said he had no knowledge that she and Ailes were involved.

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The 20-year veteran of Fox News is named as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, and considered a hold-over from an Ailes era tarred by scandal.

A Fox News spokesperson in a statement said the network vehemently denies the claims and "will vigorously defend these cases".

The Murdoch family, which runs Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox, "have quietly put out feelers" for a new network head, the report said.

The New York Times reported that O'Reilly settled several lawsuits, but in comments to podcast listeners earlier this week he said: "I'm very confident the truth will come out".

Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to express his support for Shine.

According to the source, there are concerns that Fox News is moving too far to the left.

Some of the accusations in the lawsuit were against former comptroller Judith Slater.


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