- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Andrea Tantaros says that at least three men repeatedly sexually harassed her when she worked as an on-air personality at the Fox News Network, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

In a newly filed lawsuit, the “Tied Up In Knots” author alleges sexual harassment from fired network executive Roger Ailes, “O’Reilly Factor” anchor Bill O’Reilly and former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

The lawsuit comes a month after fellow former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a harassment lawsuit in New Jersey against Mr. Ailes, who was subsequently fired as Fox News CEO. Various other women who have worked with Mr. Ailes in the cable-news industry have since come public with their allegations of harassment.

In October 2004, Mr. O’Reilly confidentially settled a lawsuit filed by former producer Andrea Mackris outside of court. Reporting the development at the time, the New York Daily News said the dollar figure was “possibly as much as $10 million.”

Mr. Brown has denied the charges as “completely and totally false,” the Boston Herald reported Tuesday.

Far from seeing her alleged instances of harassment as isolated incidents, Ms. Tantaros charges in her lawsuit that Fox News “operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

“She is now asking for approximately $50 million in the lawsuit, which also names the network’s current co-president Bill Shine, Executive Vice President Dianne Brandi, publicist Irena Briganti and Executive Vice President Suzanne Scott as defendants,” the Daily Mail said. “Fox News declined to comment on the allegations being made in the lawsuit due to pending litigation.”

In her book “Tied Up In Knots,” published in April, Ms. Tantaros writes: “Men are not wired to be monogamous. They are wired to spread their seed and to procreate. It’s almost like the dog pooping in the house. The dog will keep it up unless he’s conditioned correctly and told what he’s expected to do (or not to do).”

Of course, “men do better with boundaries,” and this is where women can and must insist, not merely ask for monogamy, Ms. Tantaros writes in her book, subtitled “How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable.”

“Women carry around with them the most powerful weapon everywhere we go. … Sex is power, and women control sex.”

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