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Fox News host Charles Payne accused of raping co-worker

Charles Payne isaccused of raping fellow Fox News employee Scottie Nell Hughes (Photo Source: Twitter/@cvpayne and Facebook/Scottie Neal Hughes)

Charles Payne is accused of raping fellow Fox News employee Scottie Nell Hughes (Photo source: Twitter – @cvpayne and Facebook – Scottie Neal Hughes)

There’s news of another sexual assault claim at Fox News. This time, host Charles Payne, 56, is the target of accusations by a co-worker. Payne is the host of the Fox News segment “Making Money” and has been accused of a sexual assault that dates back to 2013 by regular Fox News contributor Scottie Nell Hughes, 37, according to media outlet Daily Mail.

Hughes claims in court documents filed on Monday in New York that in July 2013 Payne sexually assaulted her in a hotel room. She claims that Payne pestered her for her room number and she finally gave it to him. When Payne arrived, she claims he said, “You know you want this…You’ve been teasing me since that first time on set, wearing those short dresses over those long legs with your big boobs hanging out.” According to Hughes, he then raped her in the hotel room.

Instead or reporting the rape immediately, Hughes engaged in a 2-year affair with Payne, though both are married. Payne made promises to mentor Hughes in her career at Fox News and eventually get her a job as a contributing guest, which pays for appearances. But things did not go as quickly as Hughes planned and when she attempted to end the relationship with Payne, she claims he would at times get violent and she feared for her job.

Payne has denied any charges of sexual harassment and stated through his lawyer Jonathan Halpern of Foley & Lardner LLP that he “vehemently denies any wrongdoing and will defend himself vigorously against this baseless complaint. We are confident that when the evidence is presented in this case, Mr. Payne will be fully vindicated and these outrageous accusations against him will be confirmed as completely false.” Payne was suspended and reinstated after evidence showed he and Hughes had a consensual affair.

Hughes claims that in retaliation for bringing the charges against Payne, personal email correspondence was released by someone at Fox. These emails show what seems to be a consensual sexual relationship between the two.

On June 6, Red Alert Politics posted one such email that reads, “Do you know what I keep dreaming about… You and I in the pool… My legs wrapped around your waste [sic] and you have me pressed up against the wall of the pool. Skin glistening and smelling of coconut…You thrusting yourself deeper inside with each push… And your fingers grasping each of my cheeks. Holding me to you.”

Hughes is alleging gender-motivated violence, gender discrimination, retaliation and defamation and names Payne, Fox News and 21st Century Fox, among others, as defendants.


  1. Mel on September 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    You NAMED AND PICTURED the victim?!!!!

  2. william murphy on September 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm


  3. Jason on September 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Sex between a White woman and a Black man is always rape. Ask Nate Parker. No matter what the judge says – this White Supremacist society will always treat you like a rapist.

  4. britishrose on September 21, 2017 at 2:40 am

    this is the silliest accusation i seen yet , how you gonna wait almost 5 years? then engage in mutal affair with the man after you say he rapped you? and then send him sexy messages? only reason she probably broke off from hm is her husband was catching up too her sounds like , wow yall better leave them crazy race motivated , thirsty for a black beckies alone. she is so trying to be well know, she is using his career as a bases to get money , she feels she will atleast be paid to drop her charges. she cant do a rape kitt, she dont have no evidence of rape and why do the media even post anything she says????? this man could lose his career if white viewer start protesting that news station and trust me they will , whites hate black men with white women. and that is why they will ruin him … its almost like the slave days when , the family of a black man begg him not to even speak or look in the eye of a white woman. knowing he would be killed ,.. well we got so much hate on black men by the police and supremist . a story like this just sets them into action .. you will hear about another black man killed soon because of her lies . smh cnn is trying deflat it but it may be too late ….
    these men need to think when they meeting a woman ,, what do you want from her ,, sex? a child you cant care for? or a lynching?

  5. Mason Youngblood on September 21, 2017 at 7:44 am email this black man a hot
    @$$ message like the one in the article, give him your room number and then holler rape??…whore please!! Who you fooling except your damn self?