HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield was one of the most prominent major television personalities to criticize a piece on Babe.net about an unpleasant sexual experience an anonymous photographer had with comedian Aziz Ansari.
In the email, the Babe.net writer blasted Banfield, saying she should be "ashamed" she criticized "another woman [who] was brave enough to speak up and add another dimension to the societal conversation about sexual assault."
Ashleigh Banfield admonished a Babe.net writer who lashed out after Banfield criticized the site's recent story detailing a complicated sexual encounter between actor and comedian Aziz Ansari and an anonymous New York photographer.
During her show on Tuesday, the Headline News anchor read an email she said she received from Babe reporter Katie Way — who broke the Ansari story — after Banfield delivered a monologue on Monday critiquing the article, saying it endangered the #MeToo movement on sexual harassment and sexism.
"Ashleigh, someone who I am certain nobody under the age of 45 has heard of, I hope the 500 retweets on the single news write up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, secondwave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while," Banfield read from Way's email.
High-profile men accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct
High-profile men accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including a number of well-known celebrities, over the past several decades.
Matt Lauer was fired from 'Today' after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly included giving a co-worker a sex toy and dropping his pants in front of a female employee in his office.
Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual assault by two women from the Amazon series, "Transparent."
Eleven women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'
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Sen. Al Franken is accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.
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Director Woody Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. She says she experienced inappropriate behavior by her adoptive father on several occasions.
Hundreds of women accused longtime Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment.
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Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of forcing women to watch him masturbate, according to the New York Times.
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Director Bret Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years old.
Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News Channel, was accused of sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson and several other women from the network.
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Several women accused TV host Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, including groping and lewd phone calls.
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Bill Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from about 60 women, including several women who claim he drugged them.
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Four women, including several that were also fellow Scientologists, have accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault, according to HuffPost.
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Mark Schwahn, the former "One Tree Hill" showrunner, was accused of sexual harassment by a large number of the show's cast and crew.
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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.
Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.
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Actor Casey Affleck settled lawsuits out of court wth two women who accused him of sexual harassment.
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Bill O'Reilly has reportedly made numerous settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment.
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Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting a teenage girl.
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Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News.
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Singer R. Kelly is accused of holding women against their will in houses in Illinois and Georgia in a reported 'sex cult.'
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Former Fox Host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.
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Director Roman Polanski fled the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Several other women have also come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
Chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after female employees reported facing sexual harassment there.
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Photographer Terry Richardson was labeled the 'Harvey Weinstein of Fashion' by the Sunday Times amid widespread accusations of sexual harassment by models.
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Singer Kesha accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions.
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Former champion boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America contestant in 1992.
Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of his former patients and athletes.
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Music mogul L.A. Reid left his position as Epic Records CEO/Chairman in 2017 amid harassment claims by a female assistant.
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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.
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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.
Chris Savino (right), creator of 'The Loud House' was suspended by Nickelodeon after being accused of making unwanted advances toward multiple women.
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Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual misconduct by Inside Edition's chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.
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Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio, was accused of inappropriate conduct with two women in 1990s.
Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a production assistant when he was 48 and she was a high school senior.
Jeremy Piven was accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two separate occasions. Piven 'unequivocally' denied the allegations.
Ben Affleck apologized for acting 'inappropriately' towards Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in 2003.
Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he went on a date with.
Andy Dick was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set, including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions.
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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, (D) Nevada, was accused of making repeated, unwanted propositions for dates and sex to a woman that once worked on his campaign.
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Actor Ed Westwick was accused by actress Kristina Cohen of raping her in his home.
David Guillod, producer of 'Atomic Blonde,' is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several woman.
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Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner for "Supergirl," was suspended in November 2017 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations by members of his staff.
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Actor Tom Sizemore was reportedly told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.
Steve Jurvetson left his own venture capital firm after allegations of sexual harassment
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A former model accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him 36 years ago.
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Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulted her at an award ceremony in 2013.
A former writer for 'Mad Men' said the show's creator Matthew Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.
Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and the allegations span more than 30 years.
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Multiple women accused producer Adam Fields of touching them inappropriately and sexually propositioning them.
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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.
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John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, was accused of crossing the line with employees, including unwanted hugs.
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Singer Nick Carter was accused of rape by a former member of the all-girl teen band Dream, Melissa Schuman.
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A singer accused billionaire Richard Branson of sexual assault during an event as his Necker Island in the Caribbean. Branson says he has no recollection of the matter.
Talent agent Adam Venit is accused of grabbing actor Terry Crews' genitals.
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Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez), Marilyn Manson former longtime bassist, was accused of rape by singer Jessicka Addams.
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Lockhart Steele, Vox Media's editorial director was fired after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment.
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Producer Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein's brother, has also been accused of sexual harassment.
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Jesse Lacey of the band, Brand New, was accused of sexual misconduct, including soliciting nude photos from a teen girl in the past.
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Senior Correspondent for E! News Ken Baker California was accused of sexual harassment by two women.
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American film director Oliver Stone was accused of groping model and actress Carrie Stevens in the 1990s.
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Reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended by the New York Times after several women accused him of acting inappropriately when they were young journalists.
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Veteran radio host Garrison Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following claim of improper behavior.
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CNN producer Teddy Davis was fired after multiple accusations of harassment.
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Producer Russell Simmons stepped down from his companies following sexual assault and harassment accusations from two women.
Longtime conductor James Levine was suspended by New York's Metropolitan Opera after sexual abuse claims.
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Dylan Howard, editor in chief of the National Enquirer, was accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees, including forcing them to watch porn and openly discussing his sexual partners.
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in a lawsuit filed in December.
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Chef Mario Batali has been accused by multiple women of "inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades."
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PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley's show was suspended amid misconduct allegations made against him.
Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was fired from his job as an ESPN contributor amid accusations of sexual harassment by a wardrobe stylist at the network.
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Sen. Jeff Klein (D-New York), was accused of forcibly kissing a former female staffer back in 2015.
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Ross Levinsohn, Los Angeles Times CEO and publisher, has reportedly been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and would rate the "hotness" of his female colleagues, according to a report by NPR.
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A woman accused magician David Copperfield of drugging, sexually assaulting her when she was teen model in the 80s, according to The Wrap.
James Franco was accused by several women of sexually inappropriate behavior. He was also criticized for wearing a "Time's Up" pin to the Golden Globes hours before the accusations against him surfaced.
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Barry Lubin, also known as Grandma the clown, resigned from Big Apple Circus after admitting to pressuring a 16-year-old girl into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.
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Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez was fired amid troubling off-field allegations. His former administrative assistant says Rodriguez inappropriately grabbed and touched her.
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President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of sexual assault by pro-Trump singer Joy Villa. She claims he hit her on the buttocks during an event at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of peple. The Wall Street Journal the casino mogul regularly pressured employees to perform sex acts.
Music exec and 'The Four' judge Charlie Walk was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith penned an open letter about Walk in January claiming he sent her lewd comment and cornered her in the bedroom he shared with his wife.
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Several women filed sexual harassment complaints against Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, according to the Washington Post.
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Actor Scott Baio, was accused of molesting is former 'Charles in Charge' co-star Nicole Eggert when she was a minor.
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She added, "The reason I want to share that is because if you truly believe in the #MeToo movement, if you truly believe in women's rights, if you truly believe in feminism, the last thing you should do is attack someone in an ad hominem way for her age — I'm 50 — and for my highlights."
In an email to Business Insider, Babe editor Amanda Ross pointed out that the comments Banfield read on air were "a fraction" of what Way sent to the anchor after an HLN producer asked her to come on the show to discuss the story.
"The way your colleague Ashleigh (?), someone I'm certain no one under the age of 45 has ever heard of, by the way, ripped into my source directly was one of the lowest, most despicable things I've ever seen in my entire life," Way wrote.
"Shame on her. Shame on HLN. Ashleigh could have 'talked' to me. She could have 'talked' to my editor or my publication. But instead, she targeted a 23-year-old woman in one of the most vulnerable moments of her life, someone she's never f------ met before, for a little attention."
Ashleigh Banfield out and about
Ashleigh Banfield out and about
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Ashleigh Banfield attends 'Capital' New York Special Screening at FIAF on October 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Journalist Ashleigh Banfield attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Journalist Ashleigh Banfield (R) and guest attend the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival- 'A Hologram For The King' premiere -at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Journalist Ashleigh Banfield attends the '99 Homes' New York Premiere at the Celeste Bartos Theater at the Museum of Modern Art on August 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ashleigh Banfield attends CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Ashleigh Banfield (L) and Brooke Baldwin attend the CNN The Seventies Launch Party at Marquee on June 9, 2015 in New York City. 25520_193.JPG (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_001_0262.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for CNN)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: TV personality Ashleigh Banfield attends HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Ashleigh Banfield attends the Moves 2014 Power Women Gala at India House Club on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Don Lemon and Ashleigh Banfield pose during the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_0981.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: News Personality Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Fury' New York Premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Ashleigh Banfield (L) and guest attend the 'Rosewater' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actor Kevin Spacey and Ashleigh Banfield arrive for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Life Itself' screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: News Anchor Ashleigh Banfield and lawyer/legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin attend the 'Whitey:United States Of America V. James J. Bulger' New York premiere at Dolby 88 Theater on June 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Ashleigh Banfield and Dan Abrams attend the 'Sixties' series premiere party at Grand Central Terminal on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Ashleigh Banfield and Lara Spencer attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 19th Annual National Lesbian And Gay Journalists Association New York Benefit at The Prince George Ballroom on March 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: News Correspondent Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Railway Man' premiere on April 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: (L-R) 'Breaking Bad' Executive Producer Michelle MacLaren, Bryan Cranston and Ashleigh Banfield attend The Opening Night Party for 'All The Way'on Broadway at The Rink at Rockefeller Center Oasis on March 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: TV Personality Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Monument Men' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on February 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Ashleigh Banfield, Don Lemon, and Christine Romans attend the 2013 CNN Heroes at the American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Six By Sondheim' premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on November 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Journalist Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Nebraska' special screening at Paris Theater on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield attend the 'Last Vegas' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on October 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Seduced And Abandoned' New York premiere at Time Warner Center on October 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Aaron Sorkin and Ashleigh Banfield attend 'Inequality For All' New York Premiere at Paley Center For Media on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: Ashleigh Banfield and Kevin Spacey pose on the red carpet during the Kevin Spacey Foundation Washington Gala Dinner at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Arbitrage' New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield attends Book Launch For Jeffrey Toobin's 'The Oath' at Time Warner Center on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Time Inc.)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: TV news journalist Ashleigh Banfield attends the 'Peace, Love And Misunderstanding' New York Screening at the Museum of Modern Art on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Ashleigh Banfield the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2011 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on December 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for RFK Center)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Ashleigh Banfield attends the 49th Annual New York Film Festival presentation of 'The Artist' at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Howard Gould and Ashleigh Banfield attend the Municipal Art Society of New York's 2011 gala at The New York Public Library on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ashleigh Banfield talks with Robin Roberts on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/21/10. GOOD MORNING AMERICA airs Monday - Friday (7-9am ET) on the ABC Television Network. GM10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, ASHLEIGH BANFIELD
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30: TV personality Ashleigh Banfield (Right0 and guest attends HBO's screening of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm at Time Warner Screening Room on September 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Ashleigh Banfield attends HBO films presents 'Grey Gardens' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 14, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
TV personality Ashleigh Banfield attends the New York celebration of the HBO documentary 'Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven' at Le Cirque on December 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Ashleigh Banfield with guest attends the premiere of Australia at the Ziegfeld Theater on November 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
television personality Ashleigh Banfield attends the 33rd Annual American Women In Radio & Television Gracie Allen Awards at the Marriott Marquis on May 28, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Meredith Vieira and Ashleigh Banfield pose at the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day at Spotlight Live on April 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Ashleigh Banfield attends Modern Brides '25 Trendsetters of 2008' Awards Dinner at New York Palace Hotel on May 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Court TV Anchor Ashleigh Banfield speaks at New York Women in Film and Television's Power Player Breakfast at the Williams Club on November 8, 2007 in New York. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
Ashleigh Banfield at Entertainment Weekly 13th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at Elaine's (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage for Entertainment Weekly Magazine)
Carol Alt and Ashleigh Banfield during 'Sicko' New York City Premiere - Reception at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for The Weinstein Company)
Ashleigh Banfield during The 34th International Emmy Awards Gala - Press Room at New York Hilton in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Ashleigh Banfield during Twentieth Century Fox Premiere of 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend' - Arrivals at Clearview Chelsea 23rd Street in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Ashleigh Banfield during Twentieth Century Fox Premiere of 'The Devil Wears Prada' - Arrivals at AMC Loews Lincoln Square at 1998 Broadway on 68th Street in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Ashleigh Banfield (right) and guest during Glamour Magazine Honors The 2006 'Women of The Year' - Outside Arrivals at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ryan Born/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 05: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Writer Michael Musto and news correspondent Ashleigh Banfield attend the ''Who Killed the Electric Car'' screening at the Sony Screening Room June 5, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Ashleigh Banfield during Modern Bride's '25 Trendsetters Of 2006' Awards Dinner - May 16, 2006 at The Ritz-Carlton - Battery Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 25: TV personality Ashleigh Banfield arrives at the premiere of 'United 93' during the Fifth Annual Tribeca Film Festival at the Ziegfeld Theatre April 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for TFF)
Howard Gould and Ashleigh Banfield during 'Kung Fu Hustle' New York City Premiere at Zeigfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Ashleigh Banfield during 'Hustle & Flow' Private New York City Screening at MGM Screening Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Ashleigh Banfield during 'In My Country' New York City Premiere - Inside Arrivals at Beekman Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 24: News Anchor Ashleigh Banfield attends the Week Magazine panel on Censorship or Common Decency May 24, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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Here's Way's email in full:
It's an unequivocal no from me. The way your colleague Ashleigh (?), someone I'm certain no one under the age of 45 has ever heard of, by the way, ripped into my source directly was one of the lowest, most despicable things I've ever seen in my entire life. Shame on her. Shame on HLN. Ashleigh could have "talked" to me. She could have "talked" to my editor or my publication. But instead, she targeted a 23-year-old woman in one of the most vulnerable moments of her life, someone she's never f------ met before, for a little attention. I hope the ratings were worth it! I hope the ~500 RTs on the single news write-up made that burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist has-been feel really relevant for a little while. She DISGUSTS me, and I hope when she has more distance from the moment she has enough of a conscience left to feel remotely ashamed — doubt it, but still. Must be nice to piggyback off of the fact that another woman was brave enough to speak up and add another dimension to the societal conversation about sexual assault. Grace wouldn't know how that feels, because she struck out into this alone, because she's the bravest person I've ever met. I would NEVER go on your network. I would never even watch your network. No woman my age would ever watch your network. I will remember this for the rest of my career — I'm 22 and so far, not too shabby! And I will laugh the day you fold. If you could let Ashleigh know I said this, and that she is no-holds-barred the reason, it'd be a real treat for me.