Fox Business anchor Charles Payne calls harassment allegations a ‘lie’

Fox Business Network host Charles Payne pushed back on allegations of sexual harassment that have been levied against him, taking to Twitter to defend himself.

"That is an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core. There is a mountain of proof that also proves its a lie," Payne said in a statement that was posted Friday morning.

Fox Business Network said Thursday night it had suspended the anchor "pending further investigation" after the Los Angeles Times disclosed the network had received notice of allegations.

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Days ago a reporter contacted me about (false) allegations and asked for a comment. I gave an immediate reply. He reported story w/out them
This was my reply: “That is an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core. There is a mountain of proof that also proves its a lie.”
Not surprising media outlets that hate President Trump most put out most twisted stories on me - how do you misquote a written statement?
Breaking News Jobs Report Blows Away Estimates Previous Reports Revised Higher I keep saying economy is coming back Trying of winning yet?
I took fair amount of heat last week when I said @realDonaldTrump should greet Putin as gentleman with handshake - I think I was right
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"We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct. This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner," the network said in a statement.

A female political analyst who has appeared on Fox News as well as CNN has contacted the law firm of Paul Weiss, which has been working for Fox for several months, alleging she was banned from Fox after ending an extramarital affair she had with the anchor in 2015, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times. An attorney for Payne told the Times the anchor denied sexually harassing the woman. The analyst alleged her Fox appearances were reduced after she terminated the relationship.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: FOX Business Charles Payne interviews Former New York Ranger Mike Richter at FOX Business Network's Varney & Company at FOX Studios on April 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Fox News anchor Charles Payne, Ian Murray, Golfer Jason Dufner and Shep Murray visit Fox Business Network at FOX Studios on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: 'Varney & Co.' host Charles Payne reports on the stock market opening a day after a 500+ point sell off at FOX Studios on August 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) 'Varney & Co.' hosts Charles Payne and Sandra Smith report on the stock market opening a day after a 500+ point sell off at FOX Studios on August 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Fox News anchor Charles Payne, Golfer Jason Dufner, Shep Murray Ian Murray visit Fox Business Network at FOX Studios on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) 'Varney & Co.' hosts Stuart Varney, Charles Payne and Sandra Smith report on the stock market opening a day after a 500+ point sell off at FOX Studios on August 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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