Earlier Friday, Fox News confirmed that Fox Business host Charles Payne is returning to his job at the network after he was cleared in an internal investigation of sexual harassment claims lodged by a female political analyst who was a frequent guest on his program. A Fox News representative confirmed that the company’s review of the allegations against Payne has been completed and that he would return to his nightly program “Making Money” on Friday night.
Mr. Payne was reportedly accused by Tea Party News Director Scottie Nell Hughes of sexually harassment.
Mr. Payne and Ms. Hughes had been having a romantic affair for a number of years prior to the accusations. Both parties reportedly exchanged sexually-charged emails back in 2013 according the conservative website redalertpolitics.com .
In the exchange on September 3, 2013, near the beginning of their relationship, Hughes sent Payne a graphic e-mail in which she discussed a recent sex dream she had involving the two of them in a swimming pool. “Do you know what I keep dreaming about.. You and I in the pool… My legs wrapped around your waste and you have me pressed up against the wall of the pool,” Hughes wrote. “Skin glistening and smelling of coconut… You thrusting yourself deeper inside with each push… And your fingers grasping each of my cheeks,” Hughes wrote.
The accusations against Mr. Payne were not believed by those who knew both parties according to the same website.
According to a statement from Payne, the two had a three-year relationship from 2013 to 2016. Hughes lawyers said to The Los Angeles Times that their client stayed in the relationship because she believed it would ultimately lead to a job at Fox News. In a conversation with Red Alert Politics, one of Hughes’ former colleagues, who wished to remain anonymous, called her a “female predator.” According to Kristina Lee Hall who worked with Hughes at the Ta Party News Network,Hughes was famous for sleeping with well-connected men who ran or controlled conservative PACs and websites. Lee asked us to keep the men’s names anonymous.