More than 20 individuals inside and outside Fox News and 21st Century Fox painted a harrowing picture of sexual misconduct and abusive behavior on the part of Kimberly Guilfoyle, former co-host of Fox News’ The Five who announced this week she was leaving the network, according to HuffPost.
Guilfoyle claimed her exit was driven by a desire to work in support of President Donald Trump. The former Fox co-host, who is currently dating Donald Trump Jr., is moving on as vice chairwoman of America First Policies — a nonprofit working to promote the president’s policy agenda.
But HuffPost’s yearlong investigation revealed that Guilfoyle was told by Fox News it was time for her to leave.
Multiple sources told HuffPost that Guilfoyle’s exit from Fox News, where she had worked since 2006, came after her alleged inappropriate workplace behavior could no longer be tolerated by the network. Vanity Fair, which broke the story about Guilfoyle leaving the network, and The Daily Beast, which reported that Fox News staff allegedly waged a “hostile whisper campaign” against Guilfoyle, have said she crossed the line by using network makeup artists for personal outings, but the accusations Guilfoyle faced were much more serious.
Six sources said Guilfoyle’s behavior included showing personal photographs of male genitalia to colleagues (and identifying whose genitals they were), regularly discussing sexual matters at work and engaging in emotionally abusive behavior toward hair and makeup artists and support staff.
Sources also told HuffPost that human resources began investigating Guilfoyle last year and had warned her about her behavior on several occasions, “including a stern warning from Kevin Lord, the head of Fox News HR, in the fall of 2017.”
Sources said 21st Century Fox prefers that problematic employees retire or resign rather than be terminated ― the company has taken this approach with Fox News talent and executives in the past, as well as with Guilfoyle, who was not formally terminated. This method gives talent and executives a quieter way to exit and the network avoids a contentious departure. According to two sources, the network told Guilfoyle she was being given time to find a new job that she could announce before leaving.
Other allegations were made regarding Guilfoyle's behavior during the sexual harassment scandal that developed around Roger Ailes, to whom Guilfoyle was incredibly close. Colleagues said she tried to persuade them to make public statements in support of Ailes and openly disparaged female employees who would not.
When supplied a list of questions from HuffPost, Guilfoyle’s attorney John Singer responded with a short statement:
“Any accusations of Kimberly engaging in inappropriate work-place conduct are unequivocally baseless and have been viciously made by disgruntled and self-interested employees. During her lengthy and decorated tenure with the company, Kimberly was beloved, well-respected, and supportive of anyone she ever met. It’s utterly preposterous that there are those who are nefariously and greedily twisting innocent conversations amongst close friends into much more than what it actually was for financial gain. Kimberly has happily moved onto the next chapter of her life and hopes others will do the same.”