Former U.S. Sen Scott Brown of Massachusetts denied any sexual harassment claims made against him by former Fox News Channel host Andrea Tantaros.
Tantaros filed a lawsuit Monday against her former employer accusing former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, his replacement Bill Shine, and other high-level names of sexually inappropriate behavior toward her. The former “Outnumbered” host had included Brown, an occasional guest on Fox, in those names, alleging that he had approached her “in a suggestive manner,” and said she “‘would be fun to go to a nightclub with.’”
The lawsuit stated:
Brown made a number of sexually inappropriate comments to Tantaros on set, including, and in a suggestive manner, that Tantaros “would be fun to go to a nightclub with.” After the show was over, Brown snuck up behind Tantaros while she was purchasing lunch and put his hands on her lower waist. She immediately pulled back, telling Brown to “stop.” Tantaros then immediately met with Shine to complain, asking him to ensure that Brown would never be booked on the show again. Shine said that he would talk to Scott. Thereafter, Shine and Scott ignored Tantaros’s complaint, and continued to book Brown on Outnumbered.
Brown denied the allegations, calling them “completely and totally false,” according to Politico’s Hadas Gold.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) August 23, 2016
A short time later, Brown elaborated with a more detailed statement.
Sen. Scott Brown to me: If I am asked to make a witness statement of some sort, I look forward to that opportunity pic.twitter.com/Owp3u9xhXj
— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) August 23, 2016
He finally took to Twitter himself to personally refute the claims.
As a survivor of sexual abuse, I would never perpetuate language or actions as described in FOX complaint. Actions referenced are fabricated
— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) August 23, 2016
The former senator had described his violent childhood in an autobiography, revealing beatings he had received from stepfathers and that he was fondled by a camp counselor when he was 10 years old.
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