Recently, two well-informed sources told me that Fox, in order to avoid going to trial, had agreed to pay the woman upward of four million dollars. The former assistant has not been publicly identified, and, out of respect for the rights of alleged victims of sexual harassment, The New Yorker is honoring her confidentiality.
The draft complaint also alleged that Guilfoyle spoke incessantly and luridly about her sex life, and on one occasion demanded a massage of her bare thighs; other times, she said, Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable. As serious as the draft complaint’s sexual-harassment allegations were, equally disturbing was what the assistant described as a cover up attempt by Guilfoyle, whose conduct was about to come under investigation by a team of outside lawyers.
In July 2016, the network had hired the New York-based law firm Paul, Weiss to investigate sexual misconduct at the company, which, under the leadership of Roger Miles, had a long history of flagrant harassment and gender discrimination. According to those familiar with the assistant’s draft complaint, during a phone call on August 6, 2017, she alleged that Guilfoyle tried to buy her silence, offering to arrange a payment to her if she agreed to lie to the Paul, Weiss lawyers about her experiences.
The alleged offering of hush money brings to mind Trump’s payments to the porn star Stormy Daniels, in order to cover up his sexual impropriety. By 2017, the Paul, Weiss lawyers had begun investigating accusations of workplace sexual misconduct involving Eric Bowling, with whom Guilfoyle shared the assistant.
(Bowling, whose employment Fox ended in September 2017, declined to comment; he has denied any wrongdoing, and is now a host at Sinclair Broadcast Group.) People close to Guilfoyle called the assistant’s allegation untrue, and said they were shocked that she would fabricate such a false claim.
During my career, I have served as a mentor to countless women, with many of whom I remain exceptionally close to this day.” John Singer, her lawyer, said that he would not comment. According to the former assistant’s account, she declined what she regarded as Guilfoyle ’s attempts to buy her off, and refused to conceal evidence or lie.
Guilfoyle ’s graphic sexual talk so upset hair-and-makeup artists at Fox that they lodged an internal complaint, triggering an investigation by the company. At the same time, the former colleague didn’t want to be complicit in behavior that she regarded as crude, unprofessional, and legally troubling.
Yet the assistant has alleged, both in her draft complaint and to confidants, that Guilfoyle contributed to, and even defended, the sexually hostile work environment at Fox News. In an interview with Ad week, Guilfoyle claimed that she had spoken with more than thirty women at Fox, and said, “Nobody that I’ve spoken to said that this was their experience.” Two months before Fox settled with Carlson, for twenty million dollars, Guilfoyle gave an interview to Breitbart in which she vouched for Miles’s “character, integrity, and credibility,” saying, “I’ve known the man very well the last 15 years.
In fact, soon after Guilfoyle left Fox, in July 2018, she joined Trump’s reelection campaign, as vice-chair of America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC. Last December, reportedly at the President’s request, Guilfoyle was asked to become the head of fund-raising for Trump Victory, his main campaign organization.
Still, Guilfoyle denied the accusations even then, telling HuffPost through her lawyer that the claims were “utterly baseless” and brought forth by “disgruntled and self-interested employees.” As early investigations into Guilfoyle ’s sexual misconduct were underway, the Fox host reportedly offered her assistant hush money and other incentives to keep quiet, including some percentage of Guilfoyle ’s speaking fees, a source confirmed to The New Yorker.
Guilfoyle denied the allegations, stating she has “never engaged in any workplace misconduct of any kind,” and adding that throughout her career she has “served as a mentor to countless women, with many of whom I remain exceptionally close to this day.” “According to a dozen well-informed sources familiar with her complaints, the assistant alleged that Guilfoyle, her direct supervisor, subjected her frequently to degrading, abusive, and sexually inappropriate behavior; among other things, she said that she was frequently required to work at Guilfoyle ’s New York apartment while the Fox host displayed herself naked, and was shown photographs of the genitalia of men with whom Guilfoyle had had sexual relations,” Mayer writes.
News and Guinness and GutsSearchLeft Angle AngleD own Angle Right Angle Left Arrow Right ArrowEmailUserPlayPauseFullscreenExit FullscreenUnmuteMuteCloseLoadingGallery ArrowGalleryWifiRefreshYoutubeFacebookFacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterestGoogle +FlickrYelpTrip Advisor A little over a month since her prominent appearance at the Republican National Convention, a report from The New Yorker ’s Jane Mayer provides new information on how KimberlyGuilfoyle left her prior position at Fox News in the summer of 2018.
The woman was hired in 2015, just out of college, to work as an assistant for Guilfoyle and another former Fox host, Eric Bowling. The draft complaint also alleged that Guilfoyle spoke incessantly and luridly about her sex life, and on one occasion demanded a massage of her bare thighs; other times, she said, Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable.
Guilfoyle ’s graphic sexual talk so upset hair-and-makeup artists at Fox that they lodged an internal complaint, triggering an investigation by the company. One of the Trump campaign's most visible surrogates and fundraisers, former Fox News host KimberlyGuilfoyle, was pushed out of the network two years ago after her female assistant accused her of sexual harassment, according to a report in The New Yorker.
The unnamed young woman filed a 42-page list of complaints against Guilfoyle, which led to the staffer eventually being awarded a nearly $4 million payout, according to Mayer. The assistant also claimed that Guilfoyle engaged in an attempted cover-up, promising the young woman hush money and other perks if she stayed silent about her experiences at work.
Guilfoyle also publicly defended Miles, pressured other female Fox staffers to do the same, and allegedly worked to smear Carlson's reputation. Guilfoyle's assistant claimed that her former boss insinuated she would denigrate her and expose her private affairs if she didn't lie to the lawyers investigating harassment.
KimberlyGuilfoyle waves after speaking at a campaign event for U.S. President Donald Trump at ... Extreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2021 in Henderson, Nevada. The complaint alleges Guilfoyle told the assistant to “submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men,” demanded they share a room on business trips and “required her to sleep over at her apartment,” all of which made her feel “deeply uncomfortable,” according to the New Yorker.
Since her departure from Fox News, Guilfoyle has led a joint fundraising effort between the Trump reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee. She’s become a prominent Trump surrogate and made waves with a fiery speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention.
“They want to destroy this country and everything that we have fought for and hold dear,” she said, arms raised, creating a striking and meme-able image. KimberlyGuilfoyle was secretly forced out of her role at Fox News over a '$4million' sexual harassment settlement with her female assistant, who claimed the host had exposed herself to her and showed her nude photos of men, according to a new report.
At the time, not much was said on her sudden departure except Guilfoyle maintained she chose to leave on her own terms to begin a new job at America First, a Trump super PAC. The New Yorker on Thursday reported Guilfoyle was quietly pushed out after network executives received complaints accusing the host of sexually in appropriate behavior.
According to the report, Guilfoyle's female assistant had submitted a 42-page draft claiming her boss had frequently exhibited 'degrading' and 'abusive' behavior and at one point offered to buy her silence when she realized her job could be in jeopardy. The woman, who was not named, had been hired as an assistant to Guilfoyle and former Fox News host Eric Bowling as a recent college graduate in 2015.
According to the bombshell complaint, Guilfoyle had constantly spoken openly with her assistant about her sex life and would share photos of genitals of the men of with whom she was sleeping. Another source confirmed claims that the former news presenter had shared photos of naked men, and one former Fox staff member told the magazine she had allegedly shown pornographic videos in the office.
The complaint further alleged that Guilfoyle, who was once married to California Governor Gavin Newsom, encouraged her assistant to sleep with rich and powerful men. The report states Guilfoyle's assistant had been working at Fox News at the time the network was being investigated for sexual misconduct amid allegations against former chairman Roger Miles.
The woman was also offered trips to Rome on a private jet, a cut of Guilfoyle's pay from public speaking events and on-air roles, according to the report. Rumors about Guilfoyle's alleged termination from Fox first began to swirl after Huff Post reported three sources claimed she did not leave the cable news network 'voluntarily,' and that her team was busy working out the details of her separation package.
Sources close to both Guilfoyle and her boyfriend Donald Trump Jr denied those claims at the time, saying it was her choice to exit Fox News and begin a new job at America First.