FOX BUSI­NESS HOST DE­NIES SEX­UAL HA­RASS­MENT CLAIM

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A sus­pended Fox Busi­ness Net­work host says he will fight re­ported charges of sex­ual ha­rass­ment “like a lion armed with truth.”

Charles Payne, host of the net­work’s “Mak­ing Money” show, de­fended him­self on Twit­ter on Fri­day. The net­work didn’t say why he was sus­pended. But the Los An­ge­les Times, cit­ing two anony­mous sources, re­ported that Payne had been ac­cused of ha­rass­ment by a fe­male po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst who ap­peared on the net­work.

Payne called the charges an ugly lie that he de­nies to his core. He said there is a moun­tain of proof that he’s be­ing falsely ac­cused.

A se­ries of ha­rass­ment claims has shad­owed the me­dia gi­ant, in­clud­ing sis­ter net­work Fox News Chan­nel.

The sus­pen­sion fol­lowed a Na­tional En­quirer story Wed­nes­day in which the tabloid said Payne ac­knowl­edged a three-year ex­tra­mar­i­tal affair with a fe­male po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst.

The Times re­ported Thurs­day that the woman con­tacted a law firm rep­re­sent­ing Fox to lodge a claim of sex­ual mis­con­duct. She al­leges she was black­balled from Fox af­ter she ended the affair, the pa­per said.

Payne, a for­mer Wall Street an­a­lyst, started work­ing as a Fox Busi­ness Net­work con­trib­u­tor in 2007 and be­gan host­ing “Mak­ing Money” in 2014. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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