Sexual Harassment “Scapegoating” Lawsuit By Ex-Fox News Latino Exec Dismissed

A $48 million lawsuit filed last summer by a former Fox News Latino VP who claimed he was used as a “scapegoat” and “Latino patsy” to demonstrate the company’s aggressive stance on sexual harassment complaints, has been dismissed.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet’s ruling (read it here) finds no merit in the plaintiffs’ claims of a web of conspiracy against Francisco Cortes, even thought the scenario described was “worthy of its own Martin Scorsese thriller.” The…

A $48 million lawsuit filed last summer by a former Fox News Latino VP who claimed he was used as a “scapegoat” and “Latino patsy” to demonstrate the company’s aggressive stance on sexual harassment complaints, has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet’s ruling (read it here) finds no merit in the plaintiffs’ claims of a web of conspiracy against Francisco Cortes, even thought the scenario described was “worthy of its own Martin Scorsese thriller.” The…

Rupert Murdoch Is ‘Liar or Delusional’ About Sexual Harassment, Says Ex-Fox News Analyst

Political commentator Tamara Holder said News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch was either “a liar or delusional” for dismissing concerns of a culture at Fox News that has allowed for rampant sexual harassment.

Holder, who is a former contributor and guest host on Fox News Channel, had received a settlement after speaking out about her own encounter with sexual assault at the network. In an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, she responded to Murdoch’s comments in which he brushed off the impact that multiple harassment claims have had on Fox News and dismissed it as “all nonsense.”

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Holder said that although speaking on the show might otherwise violate her settlement agreement, she felt compelled to respond to Murdoch’s comments and insisted that Murdoch was doing his female employees a disservice by ignoring the cultural problem at Fox News.

“Fox allowed abusive predators to prey on women who just wanted to work,” she said. “That is not nonsense… Let me be clear, I had a man pull out his penis in his office and shove my head on it. That was not flirting; that was criminal. That was not sexual harassment, there were no gray areas or whatever Matt Damon recently said. This is criminal, and I’m not the only case. There are women that can’t speak out.”

Holder — whose charges led to the resignation of Francisco Cortes, Vice President of Fox News Latino — said investors need to recognize the financial and emotional impact that Murdoch has allowed to cultivate at the network.

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“Either Mr. Murdoch is a liar or he’s delusional and old and needs to get out,” Holder said. “So if you’re an investor you need to decide if you want your money with a man who has continued to lie to you for the last 20 years. Your money, hundreds of millions of dollars of your money, has gone to settling cases with women over and over and over again. And we’ve been told we had to shut up, and that’s what we’ve done.

“I’m stuck here talking about this because there are people like Rupert Murdoch who continue to deny that we were abused, and our careers were destroyed and our lives were destroyed. This is not political, this is people’s lives.”

Holder also noted that women who were harassed at Fox News have since been unable to find new employment, which only adds to their struggle and can send a message to other victims that speaking out can lead to further negative consequences.

“I can’t even apply for a job because he allowed me to be abused in his workplace? And didn’t protect me?” she said. “I can’t work anywhere now, there’s something wrong with me? It’s just pain on top of pain on top of pain, and for him to say something like that is so dismissive. We just want to work.”

Watch Holder speak to CNN’s Brian Stelter in the clip below.

After Rupert Murdoch dismisses Fox scandals as “all nonsense,” former Fox News contributor @tamaraholder says the network “ruined people’s lives,” and “allowed abusive predators to prey on women who just wanted to work” https://t.co/TcDkGVxct8

– Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) December 17, 2017

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Political commentator Tamara Holder said News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch was either “a liar or delusional” for dismissing concerns of a culture at Fox News that has allowed for rampant sexual harassment.

Holder, who is a former contributor and guest host on Fox News Channel, had received a settlement after speaking out about her own encounter with sexual assault at the network. In an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, she responded to Murdoch’s comments in which he brushed off the impact that multiple harassment claims have had on Fox News and dismissed it as “all nonsense.”

Holder said that although speaking on the show might otherwise violate her settlement agreement, she felt compelled to respond to Murdoch’s comments and insisted that Murdoch was doing his female employees a disservice by ignoring the cultural problem at Fox News.

“Fox allowed abusive predators to prey on women who just wanted to work,” she said. “That is not nonsense… Let me be clear, I had a man pull out his penis in his office and shove my head on it. That was not flirting; that was criminal. That was not sexual harassment, there were no gray areas or whatever Matt Damon recently said. This is criminal, and I’m not the only case. There are women that can’t speak out.”

Holder — whose charges led to the resignation of Francisco Cortes, Vice President of Fox News Latino — said investors need to recognize the financial and emotional impact that Murdoch has allowed to cultivate at the network.

“Either Mr. Murdoch is a liar or he’s delusional and old and needs to get out,” Holder said. “So if you’re an investor you need to decide if you want your money with a man who has continued to lie to you for the last 20 years. Your money, hundreds of millions of dollars of your money, has gone to settling cases with women over and over and over again. And we’ve been told we had to shut up, and that’s what we’ve done.

“I’m stuck here talking about this because there are people like Rupert Murdoch who continue to deny that we were abused, and our careers were destroyed and our lives were destroyed. This is not political, this is people’s lives.”

Holder also noted that women who were harassed at Fox News have since been unable to find new employment, which only adds to their struggle and can send a message to other victims that speaking out can lead to further negative consequences.

“I can’t even apply for a job because he allowed me to be abused in his workplace? And didn’t protect me?” she said. “I can’t work anywhere now, there’s something wrong with me? It’s just pain on top of pain on top of pain, and for him to say something like that is so dismissive. We just want to work.”

Watch Holder speak to CNN’s Brian Stelter in the clip below.

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Ex-Fox News Analyst Tamara Holder Blasts Rupert Murdoch As “Liar Or Delusional”, Says “Lives Destroyed”

Tamara Holder, the former Fox News contributor who received a financial settlement with the company after disclosing sexual misconduct, broke her silence today and said that Rupert Murdoch is “a liar or he’s delusional and old and needs to get out.”
Holder’s comments, made during a blistering appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, came in response to statements made by Murdoch earlier this week. The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox dismissed sexual…

Tamara Holder, the former Fox News contributor who received a financial settlement with the company after disclosing sexual misconduct, broke her silence today and said that Rupert Murdoch is “a liar or he's delusional and old and needs to get out.” Holder’s comments, made during a blistering appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, came in response to statements made by Murdoch earlier this week. The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox dismissed sexual…

Fox Hit With $48M Lawsuit By Exec It Fired Over Sexual Assault Claim

UPDATED with Fox Statement: Francisco Cortes, who was fired as vice president of Fox News Latino for allegedly sexually harassing Fox News contributor Tamara Holder, has filed a $48 million lawsuit against 21st Century Fox, claiming that he’s been made a “scapegoat” and a “Latino patsy” to help Fox “demonstrate that it aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints.”
Holder claims that Cortes tried to force her to have oral sex with him in February 2015 when the two…

UPDATED with Fox Statement: Francisco Cortes, who was fired as vice president of Fox News Latino for allegedly sexually harassing Fox News contributor Tamara Holder, has filed a $48 million lawsuit against 21st Century Fox, claiming that he's been made a "scapegoat" and a "Latino patsy" to help Fox "demonstrate that it aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints." Holder claims that Cortes tried to force her to have oral sex with him in February 2015 when the two…

Former Fox News Latino Exec Was a ‘Scapegoat’ for Sexual Harassment, Lawsuit Says

A former vice president for Fox News Latino has filed suit against 21st Century Fox America claiming that he was used as a “scapegoat” to show that Fox aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in New York against 21st Century Fox America and two unnamed defendants, Francisco Cortes says that, after being accused of sexual assault by Fox contributor Tamara Holder, he signed an agreement with Holder and two unnamed individuals, in which Cortes and agreed not to disparage Fox and Holder, and Fox and Holder agreed not to disparage him regarding the allegations, which the suit says Cortes “vehemently denies.”

However, the suit contends, two weeks after the agreement was signed, Holder and Fox violated the agreement by delivering a “previously planned and carefully negotiated to the New York Times.” The statement had the effect of “destroying Mr. Cortes’ reputation, irreparably damaging his career opportunities, and intentionally and/or with reckless disregard hurting his family,” the lawsuit says.

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Alleging fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, breach of contract, defamation per se, libel per se, slander per se and other counts, the lawsuit seeks more than $48 million in damages.

In March, the New York Times ran a report that Fox News had settled a lawsuit filed by Holder over claims that she was assaulted by Cortes for $2.5 million. According to the report, Holder claimed that Cortes tried to force her to perform oral sex on him in February 2015.

Fox and Holder’s joint statement to the Times read, “Immediately after Ms. Holder notified Fox News of the alleged incident, the company promptly investigated the matter and took decisive action, for which Ms. Holder thanks the network. Fox News is grateful to Ms. Holder for her many contributions during her tenure at the network and wishes her continued success.”

“Mr. Cortes has, thus, served as a useful ‘scapegoat’ (‘Patsy’) for Fox to help it demonstrate that it aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints, as part of a carefully orchestrated plan to permit the Murdochs to eliminate concerns in the U.K. regarding their $15.2 Billion acquisition of Sky in the U.K., and to protect the identity and shelter the reputations of the two UNKNOWN PERSONS who, it must be assumed, were, unlike Mr. Cortes, not Latino, and not financially insignificant to FOX,” Cortes’ lawsuit reads.

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TheWrap has reached out to Fox for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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A former vice president for Fox News Latino has filed suit against 21st Century Fox America claiming that he was used as a “scapegoat” to show that Fox aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in New York against 21st Century Fox America and two unnamed defendants, Francisco Cortes says that, after being accused of sexual assault by Fox contributor Tamara Holder, he signed an agreement with Holder and two unnamed individuals, in which Cortes and agreed not to disparage Fox and Holder, and Fox and Holder agreed not to disparage him regarding the allegations, which the suit says Cortes “vehemently denies.”

However, the suit contends, two weeks after the agreement was signed, Holder and Fox violated the agreement by delivering a “previously planned and carefully negotiated to the New York Times.” The statement had the effect of “destroying Mr. Cortes’ reputation, irreparably damaging his career opportunities, and intentionally and/or with reckless disregard hurting his family,” the lawsuit says.

Alleging fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, breach of contract, defamation per se, libel per se, slander per se and other counts, the lawsuit seeks more than $48 million in damages.

In March, the New York Times ran a report that Fox News had settled a lawsuit filed by Holder over claims that she was assaulted by Cortes for $2.5 million. According to the report, Holder claimed that Cortes tried to force her to perform oral sex on him in February 2015.

Fox and Holder’s joint statement to the Times read, “Immediately after Ms. Holder notified Fox News of the alleged incident, the company promptly investigated the matter and took decisive action, for which Ms. Holder thanks the network. Fox News is grateful to Ms. Holder for her many contributions during her tenure at the network and wishes her continued success.”

“Mr. Cortes has, thus, served as a useful ‘scapegoat’ (‘Patsy’) for Fox to help it demonstrate that it aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints, as part of a carefully orchestrated plan to permit the Murdochs to eliminate concerns in the U.K. regarding their $15.2 Billion acquisition of Sky in the U.K., and to protect the identity and shelter the reputations of the two UNKNOWN PERSONS who, it must be assumed, were, unlike Mr. Cortes, not Latino, and not financially insignificant to FOX,” Cortes’ lawsuit reads.

TheWrap has reached out to Fox for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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