Former Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel is pushing back on reports that she claimed Sean Hannity sexually harassed her.
“I would never accuse him of that,” Schlussel told Law Newz. “Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that.”
On the heels of Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News following allegations of sexual harassment, Schlussel appeared on the Pat Campbell talk radio show on Friday to say she was at an event in Detroit that Hannity also attended and that the Fox News host invited her back to his hotel.
After appearing on Hannity’s show later that night, where Schlussel claimed she was treated poorly, she said Hannity again asked her to go back to his hotel.
Schlussel said that after turning down the advances, she was no longer welcome on his show — she clarified later that Hannity asked her back to the hotel, not his room.
Schlussel, who is an attorney, spoke with Law Newz on Monday and said the incident doesn’t meet the legal definition of sexual harassment.
“I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity,” she said. “I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked.”
Hannity took to Twitter to remark on the Law Newz report:
Law Newz noted that Schlussel “has a history of making allegations against Hannity” and said she “has garnered a reputation for making sensational statements.”
The Fox News host vehemently denied the allegations in a statement, insisting they “are 100% false and a complete fabrication.”
“This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade,” Hannity continued. “The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.”
He promised to take legal action against Schlussel, who saw the threat as “laughable,” according to Law Newz.
“It’s defamatory,” Schussel said. “Everything I said was true, and truth is an absolute bar to defamation. He on the other hand has a murky record on truth.”
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