Fox Business Network confirmed on Thursday that they suspended anchor Charles Payne pending a sexual harassment investigation.
On Wednesday, The National Enquirer published an article in which Payne acknowledged and apologized for having an affair with a former CNN and Fox News contributor and political analyst, according to the New York Times. Both were married at the time. The woman alleged she was blackballed from Fox after ending the three-year affair she had with Payne in 2015, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times. She also claimed that her Fox appearances were reduced after the relationship was over.
“We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” a spokeswoman for Fox Business said in a statement. “This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”
Payne has been a contributor at Fox since 2007, hand has hosted the “Making Money” program since 2014.
Exactly one year ago, a lawsuit was filed against Roger E. Ailes, Fox News’ former chairman. Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and other employees were fired amidst multiple sexual harassment claims.