8:03 PM 05/18/2018
A judge in the Southern District of New York threw out Friday the case former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros filed against the network in April of 2017.
In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels dismantled Tantaros’ case, saying her claims were “based primarily on speculation and conjecture.”
The lawsuit, which Tantaros filed after accusing the late Fox News head Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, named Ailes along with co-President Bill Shine and several other executives. She alleged that the network had used closed circuit cameras to spy on female employees, used proxies to attack her on social media and had hacked into her Gmail account and her Blackberry.
Judge Daniels’ ruling was brutal, saying that Tantaros had provided very little “factual support” to back her claims.
“For the reasons already stated, vague, speculative, and conculsory allegations concerning malware allegedly found on Plaintiff’s personal computer and Fox News’s purported ability to access or monitor communications on Plaintiff’s Blackberry are insufficient to state such a claim. With respect to her Gmail account, Plaintiff believes that ‘someone’ accessed her account without authorization, but she doesn’t allege which of the Defendants, if any, actually did so.”
Daniels also challenged Tantaros on her claim that hidden cameras had been used by the network, capturing images of female Fox employees as they changed clothes. “Plaintiff pleads no facts to support this belief, much less ones to make her unsubstantiated allegations rise ‘above the speculative level.’”
Tantaros represented herself in the matter and has not issued a public statement since receiving the ruling.
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