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Report: Fox News Had Outside Help in Covering Up Scandals

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to documents reviewed by the Huffington Post, agents at the ICM talent agency refused to help a former Fox News contributor who reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a Fox News executive.

Former contributor Tamara Holder accused former Fox News Latino vice president Francisco Cortes of assault and reported it to her agents, but her agents refused to speak to her attorney.

Agents from ICM, a top talent agency that represents television stars like Ellen DeGeneres and news anchors like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, discouraged a client, who was a Fox News contributor at the time, from approaching the network with a claim that she had been sexually assaulted by a Fox News executive. Later, when the contributor decided to file a claim against the network, the agents ignored multiple requests from her attorneys to corroborate her story and provide evidence of their communication with Fox News.

ICM has now launched their own investigation of their dealings with Fox News and the agents involved in Holder's case. Who knows what that could turn up?

Fox News reportedly settled with Tamara Holder for more than $2.5 million, but that payment was apparently not disclosed to the public until the New York Times released a report on a swath of secret settlements Fox News has paid to various victims and accusers.

Holder's $2.5 million settlement could be among the payments being reviewed by federal prosecutors who believe 21st Century Fox hid settlements from company shareholders.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m don’t want to suggest that all conservative men behave this way or that left leaning men never do. But defending this sort of behavior or at least dismissing it as no big deal has always been a part of both for as long as I can remember. It seems to be written into the DNA of both. This kind of behavior also seems to be very attractive to a certain portion of the population (or at least the idea of it) that tends to vote mainly Republican.

    I can’t help but wonder if there’s any reflection on the part of women in conservative media regarding the nature of the industry they work in and the ideology they are promoting.

  • Aynwrong

    Gabriel Sherman posted a link to this a little while ago.

    It’s yet another claim of a woman who was offered help with her career in conservative media by a “wealthy Fox News contributer” who then asked her up to his hotel room.

    Once a snowball starts rolling…

    NOTE: The article also reports on Michelle Malkin pretty much throwing all the women who make these claims right under the bus. She knows her audience and potential employers (not strictly Fox) well.

  • muselet

    Tamara Holder’s agents were remarkably obtuse: the job is to represent their client’s interests, not those of their client’s employer. Their careers are probably over at this point.

    Forget Holder for a moment—yeah, I know, but think like a talent agency—and focus on who might be motivated to find other representation because of some agents’ actions. Screwing clients is bad for business. No wonder ICM has started an internal investigation.

    Beyond that, 21st Century Fox’s shareholders have every right to be hopping mad at both the cesspit the Fox News offices seem to be and especially the undisclosed settlements. Will they demand that more corporate heads roll?

    The annual board meeting should happen in November, so stock up on popcorn.


    • Toolymegapoopoo

      And I hope Ellen’s fans put pressure on her to drop ICM. It would be terrible for her brand to be associated with an organization complicit with the goings-on at Fox News.