Former Sen. Brown accused of sexual harassment by former Fox News host

RYE, N.H. (WHDH) - Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has been accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by a former Fox News host.

Andrea Tantaros filed the lawsuit Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Manattan. Defendants include William Shine, who was named co-president of Fox News after former network chief Roger Ailes resigned last month due to a different sexual harassment lawsuit. Ailes was also listed as a defendant.

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The filing said Brown harassed Tantaros on set and after an August 2015 appearance on her show. While on set, Brown allegedly told Tantaros she “would be fun to go to a nightclub with.” The lawsuit said after the show, Brown snuck up behind Tantaros while she was buying lunch and grabbed her lower waist. The lawsuit said Tantaros pulled back and told him to stop.

Brown denied the claims, saying none of this happened and he has not even been to a nightclub since 1980. Brown’s wife, former Boston reporter Gail Huff, agreed and called the accusations “nothing less than a witch hunt.”

“When I go to Fox, I treat everybody, whether it’s the person in the elevator, the makeup artist, male or female, the same. I treat them with respect,” said Brown.

Tantaros said she was punished for complaining about sexual harassment several times. She said Fox News runs like a “sex-fueled Playboy Mansion.”

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