In a pretty horrific development in the Hughes/Payne story, Scottie Nell Hughes is now saying that Payne raped her, and Fox News blackballed her after the claim came out.
From the New York Times:
Fox News, which for more than a year has dealt with the fallout from an embarrassing sexual harassment scandal, was sued on Monday by the political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who claimed that she had been raped by the longtime anchor Charles Payne and was then retaliated against by the network after she came forward with her allegation.
Representatives for Mr. Payne could not immediately be reached for comment, but he has previously denied claims from Ms. Hughes. In a statement released on July 7, his lawyer, Jonathan N. Halpern, said: “Charles Payne vehemently denies the allegations. He will defend himself vigorously against these claims and will hold those responsible to account.”
Ugh. This is just awful. But it’s very odd that Hughes would make accusations before about being blackballed, and then increase her accusations later. I mean, wouldn’t the rape be bad on its own? Who cares about blackballing when you’re accusing someone of rape?
Either way, there are very few facts in evidence here – let’s see comes out before anyone draws absolute conclusions here, especially when such heinous accusations are being made…