Fox News is under fire again, as another talk show host, Sean Hannity, has been accused of shocking sexual harassment allegations. A young conservative claims he asked her to come back to his hotel room…then shunned her on his show when she refused.
“[Sean Hannity] had some event at a bookstore where he signed his book for people standing in line,” former Fox News guest, Debbie Schlussel, alleges to Oklahoma radio host Pat Cambell. “He asked me to meet him at this book signing, so I met him there. It was very awkward, he had me stand up there with him while he signed books. I felt very weird. These people don’t know me, they didn’t come for me to sign their books.”
She reveals that Sean allegedly then invited her back to his hotel room before the show they were going to do together, but she turned him down because she had to go get ready. After the show, Sean allegedly tried to get her back to his hotel again. “[This was] after he and [his executive producer] treated me horribly,” she adds. “Sean came up to me and said, ‘We’re going to double-team this Palestinian guy,’ which was a weird phrase to use. And then every time I opened my mouth to say something, they yelled at me and said, ‘Obey your host. You can’t say anything or we’re going to shut off your microphone.”
Debbie says she was never booked on Sean’s show again after this incident, and claims he even called her and yelled at her. She also alleges that one of Sean’s female executive producers quit because he “wanted something from her”, but she wouldn’t give it to him. Listen to the full interview above.
UPDATE: One day after her interview, Debbie clarified her story, and made it clear she is not accusing Sean of sexual harassment. “I would never accuse him of that,” she explained. “Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law and I would never accuse him of that.”
Sean did not take the accusations lightly saying, “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.”
These shocking new claims come following similar allegations made against Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, who were both fired from Fox News. “This kind of stuff is all over the place at Fox News,” Debbie says. Sean says Debbie’s allegations are “100% false and a complete fabrication.”
HollywoodLifers, do you believe Debbie’s claims about Sean?