FOX host Charles Payne suspended amid sexual harassment claims


Charles Payne, who hosted Making Money on Fox Business Network, has been suspended amid sexual harassment claims made against him by a former female colleague.

Payne has said that he had a "romantic relationship" with a political analyst for about three years.

"We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct," a Fox Business Network spokesman said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner."

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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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The Huffington Post identified the woman accusing Payne as conservative analyst Scottie Nell Hughes, who said that she was kicked off of the network when she cut off her affair with Payne and tried to report him to Fox executives. According to Hughes, as soon as she reported Payne, her television appearances were immediately cut back until she finally resigned from the network on May 1.

Hughes, who denies having any sexual contact with Payne, claims that she stayed in a relationship with him because she thought that it would benefit her career if she was able to secure herself a permanent job at Fox.

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