BOSTON (CBS) – How would you like to be Scott Brown today?
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros claims Brown was one of many male co-workers and bosses who harassed her on the job at the network, part of a culture she describes as “a Playboy-mansion like cult.”
She is suing for $3-to-$6 million in damages, but while Brown is named, he is not a defendant.
Except, he is.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is no longer shrugged off – legally and culturally – the way it used to be when the Playboy mansion was still relevant. Fox News has already cut ties with their top executive over other similar allegations.
So if the allegations against Brown are true, it could be very damaging to him, and few would shed a tear.
But, are they true?
He adamantly denies it, not claiming he was misunderstood, but insisting nothing like what she described actually happened. And what she alleges is pretty specific – that he made “sexually inappropriate comments” on the set and “put his hands on her lower waist” in the cafeteria line.
In both venues, there were likely witnesses. Whose story do they support?
We don’t know; we have yet to be presented with a shred of evidence.
And yet, is there any doubt that as we speak, in casual conversation flowing from the blanket coverage of this, Scott Brown’s reputation is taking a beating?
If he did it, I’m dry-eyed. This is serious business.
But if he didn’t – how would you like it if it was your father, brother, or son being vilified?
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