Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Fox News' chief DC reporter left after harassment claims

Fox News' chief DC reporter left after harassment claims

James Rosen, Fox News' former chief Washington correspondent, left the network suddenly in December amid increased scrutiny over allegations that he sexually harassed three coworkers, National Public Radio reported Wednesday.

Rosen, who is married with children, made "overt physical and sexual overtures", to three Fox News colleagues, according to the NPR report, which was based on interviews with eight of his former colleagues. One incident occurred as far back as the winter of 2001, when Rosen allegedly groped the breasts of a female journalist in a cab. Roger Ailes, the late Fox News chairman and chief executive, was ousted in July 2016 after sexual harassment allegations by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and more than two dozen women. He then allegedly offered her help in getting more air time on Bret Baier's nightly newscast in exchange for keeping silent.

Rosen, too, was a high-profile figure who had been with the network for almost 20 years. Ailes, O'Reilly and Bolling denied the claims.

Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes filed a lawsuit against Fox News alleging she was raped by anchor Charles Payne and blacklisted by the network after reporting the allegation. He edited, "A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century", by William F. Buckley Jr.

Several others told NPR Rosen sexually harassed a foreign national producer covering the State Department, who accepted a deal from Fox News not to say anything in exchange for being allowed to work longer in the United States, and tried to forcibly kiss a young reporter twice previous year.

Fox News did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' requests for comment. "The female reporter declined to comment for this story", Folkenflik writes.

Also on Wednesday, The Washington Post said it had suspended Joel Achenbach, a science writer, for 90 days without pay for "inappropriate workplace conduct" involving the newspaper's female employees.

Mr. Achenbach acknowledged in a statement that he had "said and done things that were unprofessional". The paper said he was the first reporter to be disciplined for misconduct.

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