Fox Business host Charles Payne has been accused of rape by Scottie Nell Hughes, a guest who frequented the show.
The suit was filed in a New York district court on Monday. Hughes claims that Payne “pressured his way” into Hughes’ hotel room in July 2013, told her “you know you want this,” and then raped her.
The previous allegations that Hughes made were that Payne sexually harassed her and pressured her into an ongoing relationship with the threat of removing her from Fox. However, now the story has changed and Hughes is claiming rape.
Attorneys Douglas H Wigdor, Jeanne M Christensena and Michael J Willemin filed the suit which names Payne, Fox News and 21st Century Fox as defendants.
The lawsuit states that Payne and Hughes started working together in April 2013, with Payne offering to mentor her in the months that followed. In the beginning of July the suit alleges that Payne pressured her into giving him her hotel room number.
The suit states that although she agreed to a private conversation that night, when he came to her room it wasn’t to talk. He sexually assaulted her and said, “You know you want this.”
According to Hughes, Payne said, “You’ve been teasing me since that first time on set, wearing those short dresses over those long legs with you big boobs hanging out.”
The suit claims that Hughes repeatedly told Payne “no” but he continued. After the alleged rape, Hughes states that Payne pressured her into maintaining an affair.
Payne’s lawyer, Jonathon Halpern of Foley & Lardner LLP, released a statement that said, “My client Charles Payne vehemently denies any wrongdoing and will defend himself vigorously against this baseless complaint.”
Payne admitted to the affair in July, but he referred to the claims of harassment as “an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core,” on Twitter. Payne said, “There is a mountain of proof that also proves it’s a lie.”