Filed in April of 2017, former Fox personality Andrea Tantaros’ suit claimed the network hacked her electronic devices, spied on her and used fake social media accounts to harass her on the Internet after she accused management officials of sexually harassing her.
Tantaros was last seen on Fox as an “Outnumbered” co-host in April of 2016.
But Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York noted in a scathing ruling Friday that the former Fox contributor had zero evidence to back up her claims.
“Plaintiff pleads no facts to support this belief, much less ones to make her unsubstantiated allegations rise ‘above the speculative level,'” the judge said, adding that her allegations against Fox were “vague, speculative, and conclusory.”
“Moreover, Plaintiff has not alleged any facts to support her conclusory assertion that she suffered ‘severe emotional distress, requiring medical treatment and medication,’ as required to state a claim.”
In an email to ABC News, the former Fox star blasted the judge’s ruling, saying, “Not one part of this lawsuit was based on speculation and conjecture — it was based on first hand testimony, cold, hard facts, and independently verified computer forensics.”
“The Judge made the wrong call, and I absolutely plan on appealing. Fox News will be held accountable, just as they have for their sickening past, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination and destroying the careers of dozens of women for having the courage to come forward with the truth.”
Fox just announced its first-ever female CEO this past week, and dozens of women continue to work at the network without complaint.
Suzanne Scott was named chief executive of the Fox News unit of 21st Century Fox, part of the continuing reorganization of the company as it prepares to sell the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney Co.
She reports to Lachlan & Rupert Murdoch who will lead the recalibrated company. pic.twitter.com/gNVaVT1FLG
— Dr. Thomas Hoke (@hoke_thomas) May 17, 2018
Fox News isn’t necessarily out of the weeds yet, though.
Tantaros reportedly filed a separate lawsuit in 2016 accusing then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (who died last year) of harassing her and claiming that she was fired for speaking out against his abusive behavior. That suit still remains active, though it was reportedly sent for “closed-door arbitration” last year.
It remains unclear what’ll happen in the first suit, though Friday’s stunning ruling by Judge Daniels likely bodes exceptionally unwell for Tantaros.
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