Conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel is now clarifying that she is not accusing Fox News host Sean Hannity of sexual harassment, but rather of simply being “weird and creepy.”
Although she gave an explosive interview on Friday in which she made serious charges against the Fox News host — claiming that he tried to persuade her to have a sexual encounter with him while he was on a book tour in Detroit — Schlussel told Law Newz in an interview on Monday that she did not believe the incident qualified as sexual harassment.
“I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity, I thought he was weird and creepy, not someone I liked,” Schlussel said.
“Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” she added.
Hannity has threatened to sue Schlussel as a result of her claims, a response that Schlussel told LawNews was “laughable,” adding that she may countersue Hannity for statements he made in response to her, including calling her a “serial harasser.”
In his statement, Hannity said that Schlussel “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.”
As Schlussel told LawNews, “It’s defamatory. Everything I said was true, and truth is an absolute bar to defamation. He on the other hand has a murky record on truth.”