Ex-Fox host Tantaros drops bombshell on Roger Ailes: Sworn testimony from therapist about her abuse
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has come back with some new evidence against former Fox News boss Roger Ailes that his lawyers might find hard to rebut.
Tantaros on Wednesday released a signed affidavit from Dr. Michele Berdy, who has served as Tantaros’s professional therapist for years. In her affidavit, Berdy testifies that Tantaros talked about Ailes’ sexual harassment all the way back in 2014.
“Over the course of many months (2014 – 2016), Andrea relayed to me on multiple occasions instances of Mr. Ailes’s demeaning and overtly predatory behavior, as well as the abusive conduct of Fox News’s public relations department,” Berdy writes.
Specifically, Berdy writes that Fox News PR czar Bill Shine told her to not complain after Ailes harassed her because he is “a very powerful man.”
Berdy also recalls hearing from Tantaros two years ago that Ailes invited her into his office and asked her to stand up and turn around so he could ogle her. She also says that Tantaros was distraught after Ailes told her to wear a “tighter” dress in front of two of her colleagues.
Finally, Berdy recalls that Tantaros would also regularly complain about Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who invited her to a “very private” beach house and said he’d heard about her reputation for being “wild.”
Fox News has repeatedly denied Tantaros’s allegations, and even went so far as to call her a “wannabe” victim of sexual harassment.
Key excerpts from the indictment, as posted by Politico’s Kelsey Sutton, follow below.
Andrea Tantaros releases affidavit from former therapist, who says Tantaros talked about sexual harassment, retaliation as far back as 2014 pic.twitter.com/9KowT3uO4K
— Kelsey M. Sutton (@kelseymsutton) September 28, 2016