Timing is everything, right?
So if you’ve managed to oust cable news’ number one host with sexual assault accusations, why not go for another?
That’s what seems to be happening over at Fox News –like we predicted just last week.
What happened? Just days after Bill O’Reilly was removed from the top-rated network after numerous sexual harassment allegations (and millions in payouts), television personality Sean Hannity has now been accused of sexual harassment.
This time, it’s not a bevy of women, but one. And she’s a conservative. Long-time Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel claimed that Hannity repeatedly invited her back to his hotel room during an event they were at together in Detroit.
The bombshell came on the Pat Campbell podcast Friday. She didn’t provide many details of what happened, including when exactly the incident took place, The New York Daily News reports.
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What did she say? “He had some event at a bookstore where he signed his book for people standing in line. He asked me to come meet him at this book signing,” Schlussel said on the podcast.
“So I met him there and it was very awkward. He had me stand up there with him while he signed books and I felt very weird. These people don’t know me and they didn’t come for me to sign their books. So then I left to get ready for the show and he said, ‘Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?’ and I said no, I have to get ready for the show.”
Schlussel is a conservative political commentator, radio host, and lawyer. She gave a bizarre explanation for what happened:
“Sean came up to me and said we’re gonna double-team, which was a weird phrase to use, this Palestinian guy that I was up against on the show,” Schlussel said.
“And then every time I tried to open my mouth and say something, they yelled at me and said, ‘obey your host, you can’t say anything or else we’re gonna shut off your microphone.’”
After the show, Schlussel claims Hannity invited her back to his hotel room again. She says she declined once again.
“And then after that, I wasn’t booked on a show again. And he called me and yelled at me,” she said on the podcast. “It was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him after and I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”
Hannity shot back with a fierce denial:
“LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication. This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation,” he said.
“The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with. This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric.”
“My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual.”
“In this fiercely divided and vindictive political climate I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views,” he said. “I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.”
Schlussel has attempted to destroy Hannity’s reputation before. In 2010, she claimed that his charity “Freedom Alliance” was not donating the money they said they were to veterans or their families.
Both Hannity and the people running Freedom Alliance stated that the money raised did go to where it was intended.