Sean Hannity is the latest Fox News star to be accused of sexual harassment.
In an interview with the Pat Campbell Show on Friday, former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel claimed that Hannity had invited her to his hotel room — twice — when they appeared together for one of his programs. But when she rebuffed him, Schlussel said that she was never asked back on the show.
Schlussel claimed the “awkward” incident began when Hannity invited her to a store where he was signing books. While there, she said Hannity asked her: “Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?” Schlussel said she responded: “No, I have to get ready for the show.”
Schlussel said Hannity pressed her again to come to his hotel room after the show taping, which did not go well. She refused.
“I wasn’t booked on his show again, and he called me and yelled at me,” Schlussel said. “It was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him after. I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”
She added: “This kind of stuff is all over the place at Fox News and anything that has to do with Sean Hannity.”
Her comments were aired just days after Bill O’Reilly’s ouster by Fox News in the wake of revelations that he and the company had paid out some $13 million to women who accused him of sexual harassment.
It seems clear that she is just seeking attention and trying to bring down Hannity because he is a powerful conservative.
Fox News provided a statement to The Huffington Post from Hannity, who said that Schlussel’s claims were “100 percent false and a complete fabrication.” He called her a “serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade,” and threatened to sue her using a “team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country.”
Hannity also characterized Schlussel’s comments as part of a “coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views.”Hannity also took to Twitter to defend himself, calling the claims totally untrue.
So far, the mainstream media is already covering this story like crazy — most likely, in an effort to take down Hannity.