Former Fox News Host Says Ailes Filmed Anchors Undressing

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Andrea Tantaros amended her lawsuit against Fox News, adding claims that former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes recorded female anchors without their knowledge.

Much of the hype has dwindled, but Fox News’ sexual harassment woes are far from over.

Andrea Tantaros, a former co-host of “The Five” has amended her lawsuit against the network, alleging that the late chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes, “was recording female employees disrobe without their consent,” The Daily Beast reports.

Although Ailes resigned from the network and subsequently passed away in 2017, his alleged victims are still living with the emotional and psychological damages of his misconduct, Tantaros among them.

Her new complaint claims that the wardrobe department at Fox News hosted a “bi-annual trunk show,” which involved female anchors getting undressed in empty offices to try on new on-air dresses.

However, they were asked to do so “without even the benefit of a curtain.” Tantaros said that on “information and belief” Ailes recorded the women disrobing during these events and in their offices without their knowledge.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, these allegations were added to a 9-month-old lawsuit with a convoluted history.

Tantaros initially sued the network for retaliation in August 2016, but a judge ruled that her complaint was covered under the arbitration clause of her contract. Her next attempt occurred in April 2017 when she filed a second suit in federal court claiming that she was the victim of torturing via hacking and social media stalking.

Now, in her third attempt, she is emphasizing this alleged illegal surveillance. She argues that Fox is trying to hide their wrongdoing under the shield of arbitration and accuses them of continuing to harass and surveil her as an intimidation tactic.

Tantaros’ experiences of harassment began on Aug. 6, 2015, when executives asked employees to bring their own laptops in to participate in live tweeting of the presidential debate.

"Ms. Tantaros had never brought her personal laptop to Fox News before and only used the laptop at her apartment in New York City," she states in her complaint.

"To format the laptops for the Live Tweet Session, Tantaros was asked to turn over her laptop to the IT and digital team to ensure that it was ‘formatted properly’ and ready to go for this event. For roughly over one hour the device was out of her sight and control. The significance of this date is that just two days prior, Ailes had flagrantly and publicly sexually harassed Tantaros on Aug. 4, 2015, when she was walking to a taping of the program Hannity with another Fox News Contributor. Ailes, in conversation with another Fox anchor, looked Tantaros up and down and smirked, 'We need to get you a tighter dress,'” the complaint states.

She also claims that a forensic investigation found malware placed on her computer and even accuses the network of rigging her work phone.

“Fox was using an outdated operating version of the Blackberry that enabled them to turn on the microphone and camera of the device at will without the knowledge or consent of the person who had the Blackberry in his or her possession,” the complaint states.

Although Tantaros' suit has had many twists and turns, her new complaint sheds light on the toxic environment Fox News allowed to thrive for far too long. Ailes may be out of the picture, but the network is still responsible for condoning or overlooking his actions and those of former host Bill O'Reilly, who was also accused of sexual misconduct.  

The entire Fox News culture needs to change, and it begins with driving out all the executives and staff members who turned a blind eye to these disgusting practices. 

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