Court dismisses ex-Fox News host’s lawsuit against network

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A lawsuit leveled against Fox News by one of the network’s former hosts was thrown out in a New York federal court on Friday.

Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District Court in New York concluded that former “The Five” and “Outnumbered” co-host Andrea Tantaros did not present adequate evidence to back up her 2017 claims, which included allegations that malware was installed on her personal computer, that she was wiretapped by the company and that she and other female on-air talent were recorded on video while getting undressed.

“Plaintiff’s amended complaint is based primarily on speculation and conjecture,” Daniels wrote.

“Moreover, she fails to adequately make out the basic elements of her claims,” he added.

Tantaros was fired by the network in April 2016.

When contacted for comment by The Hill, a Fox News Channel spokesperson pointed to the decision and said “it speaks for itself.”

The network has battled sexual harassment allegations since July 2016 when former host Gretchen Carlson leveled a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign nearly two weeks later following an investigation by the outside law firm Paul, Weiss. Ailes died 10 months later.

Other prominent hosts parted ways with the network in 2017 amid sexual harassment allegations, including top-rated host Bill O’Reilly and “The Five” co-host Eric Bolling.

Tantaros filed another sexual harassment suit against Fox News, Ailes and other executives in August 2016 that is in arbitration.

On Thursday, Fox News announced that Suzanne Scott was being promoted to CEO of the network, marking the first time a woman has led the network.

This story was updated at 8:37 p.m. to clarify that Tantaros has filed multiple complaints with Fox News and network executives.


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