Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros believes Fox News is out to get her and she is fighting back.
Tantaros, who has a lawsuit pending against Fox News in which she claims she was wrongfully dismissed and sexually harassed, is now suing Fox News contributor Nomiki Konst and a Fox executive.
— LawNewz (@law_newz) April 20, 2017
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Konst, a liberal contributor, issued a tweet Tuesday night in which she said, “Remember that time Bill O’Reilly kicked me off a weekly spot on his show after Andrea Tantaros physically attacked me & threatened me? I do!”
Remember that time Bill O’Reilly kicked me off a weekly spot on his show after Andrea Tantaros physically attacked me & threatened me? I do!
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) April 19, 2017
Tantaros filed suit claiming not only that the comment was defamatory but that Fox News public relations executive Irena Briganti ordered it sent as part of an effort to intimidate Tantaros, who has refused offers to settle her major lawsuit against Fox.
The lawsuit notes that on Tuesday night, Tantaros contacted Fox News contributor Pete Snyder and accused him of running a smear campaign against her on behalf of Roger Ailes, who was ousted as Fox’s CEO and who is featured prominently in the sexual harassment suit Tantaros filed against Fox.
Not longer afterward, Konst sent the tweet that Tantaros found objectionable.
“The timing of the Konst tweet, one hour and 17 minutes after Tantaros’s counsel informed Snyder’s counsel that Tantaros would be going forward with her lawsuit against Snyder no later than April 20, 2017 — is highly suspicious,” the lawsuit reads.
The legal papers go further and claims “Konst had a strong motive to do Briganti’s bidding because Konst desperately wants to appear regularly on Fox News.”
Briganti has denied any connection to Konst’s tweet, as has a lawyer for Snyder.
Tantaros took on Fox last August in a lawsuit that alleged sexual harassment was part of Fox’s corporate culture.
“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” Tantaros’s suit reads.