Fox News Guest Denies Sean Hannity Harassed Her, but Still Claims Incident Occurred

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Debbie Schlussel, a conservative commentator, says that she does not believe that an incident in which she claims she turned down Sean Hannity’s advances and later was “banned” from Fox News was a case of sexual harassment.

She told LawNewz on Monday that “I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy not someone I liked.”

Over the weekend, after headlines of her story appeared, Hannity vigorously denied them and threatened legal action.

On Friday, Schlussel said in a radio interview that Hannity once invited her to his hotel while he was taping a show in Detroit. She told LawNewz that she was invited to his hotel, not his hotel room. She said that she was later not invited back to appear on Fox News.

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On Twitter, Hannity tweeted out Schlussel’s LawNewz interview with the remark, “Already the story changes.”

But Schlussel said that she was merely clarifying the remarks from her Friday radio interview with an Oklahoma radio host.

Hannity said in a statement on Sunday that Schlussel’s claims were “100% false and a complete fabrication.” He added that Schlussel was a “serial harasser” and that “my patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual.”

Schlussel told LawNewz that she is considering her own legal action based on Hannity’s remarks.

Schussel indicated that the incident happened in the early 2000s.

In 2010, after Schlussel accused Hannity in a blog posting of personally benefiting from a charity called Freedom Alliance, the charity pushed back. In a letter to its supporters, it said that the allegations were “false and malicious,” and that they “never provided planes, hotels, cars, limos, or anything else to Sean. Sean gets nothing from Freedom Alliance except our gratitude for his personal generosity and for all he has done to help the troops and our organization.”

Hannity has been a donor to the organization.

“He does not use any Freedom Alliance Funds or Concert funds in any way, period,” the letter stated. It was signed by the charity’s president, Thomas P. Kilgannon and its founder and honorary chairman, Oliver L. North.

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  1. silver fox says:

    ….and variety still reports this nonsense…..fellaheen entertainment selling sandals at the base of a pyramid using the wall to support the canvas roof……no idea what their ancestors built or how they did it. heheh.

  2. Marilyn G Choice says:

    You people have really lost your mind this time really supporting anyone that would go after Sean Hannity is preposterous. He’s one of the most honest honorable forthright human beings on the planet who truly wants the best for all of us liberal or conservative he’s a Christian clearly this woman is not or she would not have accused him in such a manner you all should be ashamed of yourself for even caring the story shame on you

  3. toehead2017 says:

    Debbie, your in the mud now. Hope ur ready to defend ur accrasitions. Hannity an freakn with you anymore. Hope you got lots of money.

  4. Angela Castleberry says:

    Hang in there Sean; there will always be those evil hearted people who try to bring you down. God Bless, and keep fighting the good fight for us!

  5. Henry Morgan says:

    The definition of sexual harassment is fairly murky. What she is claiming is that Hannity made sexual advances to her and then behaved badly when rebuffed. This seems like par for the course at Fox. That does not mean it happened, but the ability for Hannity to create a backlash from this certainly seems possible given the other things going on at the time on Fox and the general climate there.

    She also claimed that Hannity benefited substantially from a charity that he was supporting that was supposed to be giving money to injured/killed troops and their families. What is known from tax returns is that in one year less than 4% of the $10 million in donations was actually used for the stated purpose of the charity. 62% went to “expenses.” Nearly 10 million dollars went to consultants. Tens of thousands of dollars went to an aviation firm that rents very high end jets. That was the worst year, but there were others almost as bad. It would seem at best Hannity was shilling for a fairly disreputable charity.

  6. Joe says:

    Schlussel is a radical Zionist. All those people do is lie..

  7. EK says:

    Hannity may be, well is, a politically blind idiot, but a sexual harasser he’s not. If you’re a male working at Fox News your turn will come. Anybody can accuse anyone of anything and, in the Trump era when no facts are necessary to back up attacks, this will keep happening and the real beneficiaries — the lawyers who ambulance chase these claims. Come on folks, we’ve got bigger issues to concentrate on, not this bullshit!

    • Brian Smith says:

      Fine, he didn’t ‘sexual harass’ her. Do you think he ‘sexually offered’ himself to her? I do.

  8. heyitsron says:

    Welcome to the office of the future. Where those who (would) whine are no where to be found. That’s one way to stop ruining the careers of men who have families to feed.

    • Jim says:

      Sure you do lefty she is the same assclown that accused him taking funds from a charity and that was proven false

      • Henry Morgan says:

        Where was it proven false? A letter from the President of the charity that says none of this happened is what was touted as proof. That is not proof of anything.

        There is evidence. The 2006 tax returns of that charity were made public. They gave 4% of the money they took in to the purpose of the charity. They spent 62% on expenses. They spent $1 million dollars on consultants. They spent tens of thousands of dollars with a company that provides very high end private jet flights.

        There is no record of injured veterans or their families being taking to the concert events on these jets.

        At best the charity was pretty much a scam.

  9. orionsaint says:

    She’s scared because he’s suing her. She needs to lawyer up!

  10. Did anyone commenting here even read this article before going on the attack? Schlossel admitted he didn’t harass her and “invited” her to come to the hotel he was staying at, probably to sit down with her in the DINING ROOM and try to talk to her about her behavior on his show. I’ve seen her when she was a guest, and she is as dumb as a stick of wood. Getting sick of these women looking to make a quick million by falsely claiming “harassment” when some man dares to even say hello to them.Good for Hannity for fighting back.

    • Henry Morgan says:

      In a business situation where you want to have a private conversation it is best not to invite the person back to your hotel. You need to have these conversations is a professional/public environment where there are other people around if not listening in. That is rule one when dealing with the opposite gender in a business situation. A man inviting any woman back to his hotel when there is a business relationship with a distinct power imbalance in his favor is a terrible idea regardless of his intentions.

      It is incumbent upon the person with power to clearly avoid this sort of thing. Even if he had no intent to use his position of power with regard to attempting to have sexual relations with this woman, Hannity should have picked up on her being uncomfortable with the venue and offered another choice.

      Just meeting him at his hotel could from her perspective be putting her in a compromising position. The optics of this are not good.

      Hannity insisting on this venue and then blackballing her when she did not agree is definitely not blameless behavior even if he did not have any sexual intentions toward her.

  11. Paul Rodgers says:

    Ah, here we go….The liberals found that this plan works…..Have one woman start the accusations and then others join in. These are almost AL:WAYS he said / she said scenarios. Never any proof like Monica’s stained dress to prove the case. But it works because the big bad man is clearly at fault.

    New Flash !!! Listen to some of the rhetoric from high profile liberal women. They and their cohorts are FULLY capable of fabricating these claims because they are NEVER held accountable. They can attack and ruin a life without repercussions. Well, this time they may have picked on the wrong person and they may very well be held accountable. Ladies…Put up or shut up. No proof? Then you have nothing to stand on and I hope Hannity cleans you out in civil court and perhaps even brings light to the planning behind these attacks.

    • Suzanne says:

      Excuse me this is a conservative talk show called FOX News and all the journalists that have spoken out are also conservatives so your provocative comments directed at the “left” are out of context in this case Paul.

      And addressing all women with “put up or shut up” they have been putting up and as a result O’Reilly the motormouth has been shut up. The CEO of FOX Roger Ailes has also been shut up. They are both gone.

      I like Sean Hannity and the woman who made the accusation may be in for a tough legal battle. Hannity did what O’Reilly should of done. Lawyered up. But no. In O’Reilly’s case over 10 years, 5 women have accused him and his employer paid out over $10 million. So you do the math. Put up or shut up exactly.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      The woman who accused Hannity is a conservative. But other than that, congrats on the incredibly stupid post. Your tears and whining are awesome to behold. Well done, comrade.

      • James says:

        Yes do the math, it pays to make allegations and not have to back them up. There is no cost to the accusers. I would say there is a pattern at Fox that it’s easier to pay the women off than defend them, because the cost in the public eye is much more than paying a few dollars to the accuser.

    • Dave J says:

      in other words, it’s not sexual harassment if it’s Republicans who are doing it…right? Then you will always be a tool for Fox News.

  12. Kevin Q says:

    Hannity represents the worst in America. I’m speaking generally about Hannity and not the gossip piece. Only bitter people watch someone like him.

  13. Debbi Dunne Lemare says:

    Hannity is a great guy and a great family man, and a sometimes annoying, but ultimately thoughtful and fun guy to work around. Plus, to be absolutely frank, any thought that Sean would even think of flirting with that (always more annoying) Morlock by the name of Schlussel is laughable!

    • Dave J says:

      Hannity is a great guy because he tells you what you want to hear…right? Then you will always be a tool for Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Fox News

      • Steven Bickley says:

        So if someone thinks different than you, their idiots. I think the opposite is true. Listen to all sides. The truth is in the middle.

      • Amber L says:

        What you really mean is he’s a bastard because he DOESN’T say what YOU want to hear, right?

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Regardless of personal opinion, unless you were there, and your name isn’t mentioned, then you don’t have a clue what happened.

  14. Sir Winston says:

    So is Mr. Hannity a big zero? Or a poor-man’s Bill Clinton, if you know what mean?

    • Dave J says:

      So in other words, what Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Trump is just as bad as what Bill Clinton had done, correct? then you will always be a tool for Fox News.

  15. Melissa says:

    What the heck is going on over at FOX?

    • Dave J says:

      Fox news believes that women should be grateful that they can be sexually harassed by the likes of the one and only Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and whatever powerful old men working on the station. In other words,, Fox news condones sexual harassment in the workplace.

      • ............. says:

        The Democrat party believes that rape and pedophilia are great as long as liberals do it. Your party is full of perverts, degenerates and scum.

  16. Mark says:

    Lies, lies, and more lies! You’re nothing but tabloid news and should be ashamed of yourselves!

    • Dave J says:

      What is not tabloid news is Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes being let go because of sexual harassment allegations.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Nothing you read above was a lie. But being a Trump follower, nobody really expacts you to understand the difference between true and false, allegations, or reporting the news.

      Well done on the ignorance.

  17. Rex says:

    Hannity’s just an awful human being, and Schlussel’s a fuckin’ SCREWBALL, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. He sure lawyered up fast, though. Big surprise there. Wouldn’t doubt every sleazeball in the Corp has a phalanx of lawyers at the ready now. You know, just in case . . .

    • Delilah says:

      Rex REED.
      Wrecks Peed.

    • Wrong. Hannity’s a great guy. A straight shooter. I’ve worked with him years ago and he is a class act. You may not like his opinions but don’t condemn the man. Seems like libs are in a frenzy since O’Reilly’s blood was spilled and I’m sure they’re targeting all in conservative media. Trump is President. Hillary lost. Get over it.

      • Rex says:

        Where did I say I was a lib, Prompter Bob? It IS possible to be on the same side of the political fence and still loath some of the cunning vermin who dwell there…

      • Dave J says:

        “a straight shooter”

        More like a simpleton and a tool for big corporate America. I guess, you were not there when Hannity finally admitted he is no journalist but really a tool for Donald Trump.

      • JK says:

        ^This. Hahahaha! “I’ve worked with him years ago and he is a class act.” FYI- just because you feel as though he respected you doesn’t mean he respects each and every person. Get a grip and realize that MAYBE you don’t truly know him completely. People tend to show who they want you to see. How about getting, oh I don’t know, the facts before basically calling the accuser a liar. But, wait in the era of Trump, facts don’t matter anymore, right? Cue the screaming right wingers with “Fake News” comments. Lastly, Trump won- sure. But, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by millions, the people spoke and SHE won by a landslide.

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