One thing that Donald Trump’s COVID infection has done this last week is to mostly wipe away a lot of big, important stories that have been reported, not least of which was Trump’s tax returns and audiotapes of Melania Trump shitting on Christmas decorating and wearing that “I Really Don’t Care Do U” jacket to own the libs.
Meanwhile, I keep meaning to write about the sexual harassment allegations against Kimberly Guilfoyle — as exhaustively reported by Jane Meyer over on The New Yorker — but other more pressing news continues to interrupt. To briefly recap: Kimberly Guilfoyle is the girlfriend of Donald Trump, Jr., one of Trump’s top fundraisers, the ex-wife of California governor Gavin Newsome, and also this person:
She was actually being honesthttps://t.co/ZHM3JXPKqh— Taylor (@TaylorWFUGA) October 2, 2020
Guilfoyle used to work at Fox News, where she was one of the hosts of The Five, but she was let go well before he contract ran out because of sexual harassment allegations leveled against her by her unnamed assistant. Fox News eventually paid the unnamed assistant $4 million to settle her lawsuit and avoid going to court, and given what Mayer unearthed, Fox News got off cheap.
The woman was hired in 2015, just out of college, to work as an assistant for Guilfoyle and another former Fox host, Eric Bolling. According to a dozen well-informed sources familiar with her complaints, the assistant alleged that Guilfoyle, her direct supervisor, subjected her frequently to degrading, abusive, and sexually inappropriate behavior; among other things, she said that she was frequently required to work at Guilfoyle’s New York apartment while the Fox host displayed herself naked, and was shown photographs of the genitalia of men with whom Guilfoyle had had sexual relations. The draft complaint also alleged that Guilfoyle spoke incessantly and luridly about her sex life, and on one occasion demanded a massage of her bare thighs; other times, she said, Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable.
The same assistant also worked for Eric Bolling, who was dismissed in 2017 for sexual harassment, and as the investigation turned to Guilfoyle, she tried to bribe the assistant into remaining silent with hush money. Failing that, Guilfoyle threatened to expose personal details about the assistant if she told the truth (Mayer reports, in fact, those some in Guilfoyle’s orbit sought to discredit the assistant by revealing intimate details about her to Mayer).
Guilfoyle denies the allegations.
Interestingly, she has not been connected to the recent White House superspreader event despite being in the Trump orbit, which may be because she was infected over the summer in South Dakota, though she and Don Jr. took a jet back to D.C., stranding Guilfoye’s staff members in South Dakota, where they had to rent hotels and quarantine alone. Guilfoyle is not well-liked by her staff. Meanwhile, her boyfriend reportedly believes that Donald Trump has been “acting crazy” since being infected with the Coronavirus.