Sexual Assault

Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes files lawsuit alleging she was raped by Fox Business host Charles Payne

Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes files lawsuit alleging she was raped by Fox Business host Charles Payne

Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who this year said she was raped in July 2013 by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, made that allegation in a civil lawsuit filed Monday.

Payne was suspended from his role as an on-air host July 6 while the allegations, made to Fox News and its parent, 21st Century Fox, were being investigated by the law firm Paul, Weiss. Payne was cleared in the investigation and returned to his hosting duties on Fox Business Network on Sept. 8.

Hughes’ suit in a federal court in New York names Payne, 21st Century Fox and Fox News. Hughes also alleges that she was coerced into a sexual relationship with Payne in order to keep getting...

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