Fox News has faced various lawsuits from a number of female employees and contributors, leading to the exit of employees such as anchor Bill O’Reilly and former CEO Roger Ailes. And former host Andrea Tantaros, who sued the network over alleged counts of sexual harassment from Ailes, is slapping the network with another lawsuit.
According to LawNewz.com, Tantaros accused the network of “spying on her, hacking her personal electronic devices, and harassing her online via proxy social media accounts.”
A screenshot from the lawsuit was circulated on Monday:
— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) April 24, 2017
The screenshot details the alleged misconduct that inspired the suit:
As demonstrated below with accompanying exhibits, the Defendants in this case subjected Ms. Tantaros to illegal electronic surveillance and computer hacking, and used that information (including, on information and belief, privileged attorney-client communications) to intimidate, terrorize, and crush her career through an endless stream of lewd, offensive, and career-damaging social media posts, blog entries and commentary and high-profile “fake” media sites which Fox News (or its social influence contractors) owned or controlled.
In a statement submitted to Rare on Fox News’ behalf, law firm Dechert LLP says Fox News denies the claims laid out in Tantaros’ suit and calls them a “flimsy pretext.”
“Fox News and its executives flatly deny that they conducted any electronic surveillance of Ms. Tantaros. They have no knowledge of the anonymous or pseudonymous tweets described in her complaint. This lawsuit is a flimsy pretext to keep Ms. Tantaros and her sexual harassment claims in the public eye after the State Supreme Court directed her to bring them in arbitration.”