10:09am PT by Ashley Cullins
Fox News Lawyer Takes Voluntary Leave Amid Lawsuits
Fox News lawyer Dianne Brandi is taking a voluntary leave amid multiple harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuits against the network.
Brandi is mentioned in several lawsuits, and is a named defendant in others — including the one in which Andrea Tantaros claims she was "tortured" for reporting harassment and the one from Adasa Blanco, who is alleging pervasive race discrimination within the company. She's also named in Scottie Hughes' lawsuit against Fox Business anchor Charles Payne.
Fox News echoed the reports in a brief Friday statement saying, "Dianne Brandi is taking a voluntary leave.”
In addition to claims arising from reports of harassment by Fox executives and anchors, including the ousted Bill O'Reilly, the network has its hands full with a variety of suits. Francisco Cortes, a former vp at Fox News Latino, says he was used as a "'scapegoat' for Fox to demonstrate that it aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints." Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective and a Fox News contributor, is accusing the network of fabricating quotes under pressure from President Donald Trump. And there's a "top-down" racial discrimination claim from Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright that followed the firing of longtime comptroller Judith Slater.