Scottie Nell Hughes Accuses Charles Payne of Rape, Sues Fox News

On Monday, political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes sued Fox News claiming that she had been raped by the longtime anchorCharles Payne and was then retaliated against by the network after she came forward with her allegation. However, emails Hughes sent Payne cast doubt on the suit. In one email to the Fox Business host, Hughes described a sexual fantasy of hers about what they would do together. In the exchange on September 3, 2013, Hughes sent Payne a graphic e-mail in which she discussed a recent sex dream she had involving the two of them in a swimming pool. “Do you know what I keep dreaming about.. You and I in the pool… My legs wrapped around your waist and you have me pressed up against the wall of the pool,” Hughes wrote. “Skin glistening and smelling of coconut… You thrusting yourself deeper inside with each push… And your fingers grasping each of my cheeks,” Hughes wrote. In her lawsuit, Ms. Hughes said that Mr. Payne had “pressured” his way into her hotel room in July 2013 and coerced her to have sexual intercourse with him, even though she had refused his advances by telling him “no” and “stop.” Payne, who just returned to Fox News after an internal investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing, vehemently denies these claims. More here from the NYT which does not make mention of the suggestive emails Hughes sent to Payne.

Brenda Arredondo