Kimberly Guilfoyle was ousted by Fox over ‘$4m payment’ to female assistant who accused the host of stripping naked, showing her photos of men’s genitals and asking her to massage her thighs – and then offering her $1m in hush money
- Kimberly Guilfoyle abruptly left her post at Fox News’ The Five in 2018
- At the time, she did not comment on her departure, which came years before her contract with the network expired
- Documents obtained by the New Yorker claim the former Fox News host was secretly forced out after she was investigated for sexual misconduct
Kimberly Guilfoyle was secretly forced out of her role at Fox News over a $4million sexual harassment settlement with her assistant, who claimed the host had exposed herself to her and showed her nude photos of men, according a new report.
The 51-year-old Trump adviser abruptly left her role as the host of The Five in July 2018, several years before her contract expired, after 12 years at the network.
At the time, not much was said on her sudden departure except Guilfoyle maintained she chose to leave on her own terms to begin a new job at America First, a Trump super PAC.
The New Yorker on Thursday reported Guilfoyle was quietly pushed out after network executives received complaints accusing the host of sexually in appropriate behavior.
Trump adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle (pictured far left in 2017) abruptly left Fox News’ The Five in 2018 after 12 years at the network
The 51-year-old, who has been dating Donald Trump Jr since 2018, is now running finances for the Trump Victory Committee
According to the report, Guilfoyle’s female assistant had submitted a 42-page draft claiming her boss had frequently exhibited ‘degrading’ and ‘abusive’ behavior and at one point offered to buy her silence when she realized her job could be in jeopardy.
The woman, who was not named, had been hired as an assistant to Guilfoyle and former Fox News host Eric Bolling in 2015.
The complaint was kept out of court and ultimately resulted in Fox reaching a $4million settlement with the assistant after Guilfoyle’s departure.
Guilfoyle, who is dating the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, has since taken up a role with the Trump campaign as the finance chair for the Trump Victory Committee.
She denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine.
‘In my 30-year career working for the SF District Attorney’s Office, the LA District Attorney’s Office, in media and in politics, I have never engaged in any workplace misconduct of any kind. During my career, I have served as a mentor to countless women, with many of whom I remain exceptionally close to this day,’ she said.
DailyMail.com has contacted Guilfoyle for comment.
Kimberly Guilfoyle waves after speaking at a campaign event for President Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13 in Henderson, Nevada
According to the complaint, Guilfoyle had constantly spoken openly about her sex life and would share photos of genitals of the men of with whom she was sleeping, with her assistant.
She also made the woman share hotel rooms with her while traveling and in New York, would require her to sleepover her apartment.
There, Guilfoyle would often undress herself in front of her employee and even asked her to ‘critique her naked body’, the report claims.
Those allegations were corroborated by a witness who told the magazine Guilfoyle was ‘provocative in a way that made you want to get away from this person.’
Another source confirmed the former news presenter had shared photos of naked men, and one former Fox staff member told the magazine she had shown pornographic videos in the office.
In her complaint, the former assistant also said Guilfoyle, who was once married to California Governor Gavin Newsom, allegedly encouraged her to sleep with rich and powerful men.
A former Fox colleague, who was not named, said Guilfoyle’s behavior had fostered an environment ‘that was detrimental to young women.’
‘It was worse than gross—it put other women at Fox in such a terrible position,’ the source said.
The report states Guilfoyle’s assistant had been working at Fox News at the time the network was being investigated for sexual misconduct amid allegations against former chairman Roger Ailes.
Guilfoyle had allegedly grown nervous that she would also be investigated over her behavior if her assistant spoke out against her to Paul, Weiss attorneys, who were conducting the probe.
The complaint alleges Guilfoyle had asked her what she would say if she was quizzed about sexual misconduct at the workplace and offered her hush money in exchange for her ‘loyalty’.
She allegedly offered her payments as high as a million dollars, which would include money from Bolling, who had also been facing sexual misconduct allegations.
The woman was also offered trips to Rome on a private jet, a cut of Guilfoyle’s pay from public speaking events and on-air roles, according to the report.
The assistant ultimately turned down the offer and went on to accuse both Guilfoyle and Bolling of sexual misconduct.
The New Yorker reports it spoke to multiple sources familiar with the complaint, as well as Guilfoyle’s assistant herself, who declined to comment.
Meanwhile, sources close to Guilfoyle told the magazine the allegations were ‘false’ and ‘inconsistent’ with her behavior.
‘She always puts others ahead of herself and is unfailingly generous and ethical,’ Trump Victory finance committee chief of staff Sergio Gor said.
In 2018, Huff Post had reported that three sources claimed Guilfoyle was not leaving the cable news network ‘voluntarily,’ and that her team was busy working out the details of her separation package on Friday.
Sources close to both Guilfoyle and her boyfriend Donald Trump Jr denied those claims at the time, saying it was her choice to exit Fox News and begin a new job at America First.
Earlier that day, Fox News announced that Guilfoyle was no longer working for the network with a very blunt and concise statement.
‘Fox News has parted ways with Kimberly Guilfoyle,’ said a Fox News spokesperson.
She did not appear on The Five that day and was not given the chance to say goodbye after 12 years with the network.
She was replaced by Katie Pavlich.