Friday, October 02, 2020
When Kimberly Guilfoyle " one of the most familiar faces of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign " left Fox News in 2018, before her contract expired, she presented the departure as her decision. Quickly, though, reports surfaced that Guilfoyle had been pushed out over habitually inappropriate behavior at work. Little information has emerged on the specifics of Guilfoyle's purported misconduct, but now, the New Yorker has surfaced details of a forty-two-page draft complaint from Guilfoyle's former assistant. The allegations run the gamut from nudity to chronic oversharing about her sex life, and if true, mirror the behavior of some of her male Fox News colleagues.
What's more, the New Yorker contends that Guilfoyle attempted to buy the assistant's silence, and when that didn't work, to secure it through intimidation. In 2016, an external legal team began reviewing company culture after predatory Fox News CEO Roger Ailes resigned in disgrace, prompting Guilfoyle to (allegedly) offer the assistant a pay-off if she lied to the investigators. And when the attorneys turned their attention to Bolling in 2017, Guilfoyle reportedly called the young woman to dangle another financial reward for her "loyalty," and threatened to harm her career if she spoke out.
While a number of Guilfoyle's longtime acquaintances vouched for her character, the New Yorker says it was able to confirm some of the assistant's allegations. Apparently, there was at least one other witness to the naked apartment activity, who described it as "provocative in a way that made you want to get away from this person." Current and former Fox News employees reportedly corroborated both the photo-sharing and the gratuitous sex talk. Two other employees, who knew both Guilfoyle and the assistant, alternately described the claim as "justifiable" and the pair's professional relationship as "insane, abusive."
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