Immediately following the ouster of Fox News’s ratings king Bill O’Reilly, someone else has come forward looking for the limelight and accusing O’Reilly’s co-worker Sean Hannity of sexual harassment, hoping to exact the same fate to him as befell O’Reilly.
Her name is Debbie Schlussel, and she had been a guest on Hannity’s show.
“He had some event at a bookstore where he signed his book for people standing in line. He asked me to come meet him at this book signing,” Schlussel told host Pat Campbell.
“So I met him there and it was very awkward. He had me stand up there with him while he signed books and I felt very weird. These people don’t know me and they didn’t come for me to sign their books. So then I left to get ready for the show and he said, ‘Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?’ and I said, ‘No, I have to get ready for the show.'”
Now, even if what she said was true, does asking someone to your hotel room really constitute ‘sexual harassment?’ Assuming it does, does it constitute sexual harassment to the extent that the ‘victim’ needs to publicly accuse the ‘suspect’ of it? For asking if she wanted to go back to his hotel room? Really?
What if he had asked her out for dinner? Would that be sexual harassment? What if he asked on two separate occasions? Then, would it be?
After it was widely publicized that a woman was accusing the popular conservative TV and radio host of something that could be grounds for his wife to divorce him, she changed her story. Here’s The Hill:
In a Monday interview, Schlussel clarified her remarks, saying that she didn’t consider his conduct “sexual harassment” but still considered him “creepy.”
Schlussel, 48, did not provide a date for the alleged conversation.
Schlussel described another alleged incident of Hannity propositioning her after one of his programs, which she says she turned down.
“After that, I wasn’t booked on his show again. And he called me and yelled at me,” Schlussel said. “I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”
Sean Hannity issued a swift statement, condemning and clearly denying the accusations:
“LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100 percent false and a complete fabrication. This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.
“The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with. This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric.
“My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual.”
Author and commentator Brent Bozell weighed in and backed up Hannity and noted that Schlussel is a stalker:
This woman Debbie Schlussel is a stalker and I have known for years that she was stalking Sean Hannity. Her accusations are laughable.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) April 24, 2017
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