Sean Hannity slammed with sexual harassment allegations from former FOX News guest


After FOX News was forced to let go of its biggest star Bill O'Reilly amid sexual harassment allegations last week, another one of its anchors is facing a scandal of his own.

Conservative pundit Debbie Schlussel claims that Sean Hannity invited her back to his hotel in Detroit after the pair met at a book signing.

"[Hannity] 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. So, I met him there and it was very awkward. He had me 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," she said. "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."

After Schlussel denied the married, father-of-two's advances, she claims she wasn't invited back to his show.

"This kind of stuff is all over the place at Fox News and anything that has to do with Sean Hannity," the political commentator told Oklahoma-based radio host Pat Campbell.

Schlussel followed her interview with some eyebrow-raising tweets on Twitter, calling out Hannity:

Following the bombshell interview, the prime time anchor released a lengthy statement denying the allegations:

"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. 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 & 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. I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American."

Just a couple of days following her radio interview that went viral over the weekend, Schlussel walked back her claims, denying that she was ever sexually harassed by him in an interview:

"I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that," she clarified. "I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked."

True or not, the sexual harassment accusations only adds fuel to the growing fire at the network.

Journalist Alisyn Camerota recently revealed she too was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at FOX News, joining other former colleagues at the cable channel who have accused their ex-boss of inappropriate behavior.

Last week, O'Reilly was fired nearly three weeks after a bombshell New York Times report claimed that the he and the network had paid out over $13 million settling harassment suits with different women. He as continued to strongly deny the allegations since then. Despite being out of a job, he'll remain in the spotlight by resuming his "No Spin News" podcast on Monday.