Conservative activist Scottie Nell Hughes dropped a bombshell accusation Friday against Fox Business and one of its star hosts, Charles Payne. She alleged in a statement to The Los Angeles Times that she was “coerced into a sexual relationship with Payne under threat of reprisals.”
Red Alert Politics has exclusively obtained emails exchanged between Hughes and Payne, and verified by two separate sources, that may cast doubt on Hughes’ allegations. In one email to the Fox Business host, Hughes described a sexual fantasy of hers about what they would do together.
In the exchange on September 3, 2013, near the beginning of their relationship, Hughes sent Payne a graphic e-mail in which she discussed a recent sex dream she had involving the two of them in a swimming pool.
“Do you know what I keep dreaming about.. You and I in the pool… My legs wrapped around your waste and you have me pressed up against the wall of the pool,” Hughes wrote. “Skin glistening and smelling of coconut… You thrusting yourself deeper inside with each push… And your fingers grasping each of my cheeks,” Hughes wrote.
Hughes told Payne in a second e-mail on that day that he would have to save all of his energy if they ever were “given the chance of lots of time and no commitments.”
Another email shows Hughes describing them interacting in the morning as “the ideal way to start a Saturday or any day for that matter.”
According to a statement from Payne, the two had a three-year relationship from 2013 to 2016. Hughes lawyers said to The Los Angeles Times that their client stayed in the relationship because she believed it would ultimately lead to a job at Fox News.
In a conversation with Red Alert Politics, one of Hughes’ former colleagues, who wished to remain anonymous, called her a “female predator.”
According to Kristina Lee Hall who worked with Hughes at the Tea Party News Network, Hughes was famous for sleeping with well-connected men who ran or controlled conservative PACs and websites. Lee asked us to keep the men’s names anonymous.
“I flew to New Orleans for like a gold summit conference that (a prominent Tea Party leader) was speaking at and I was one of his assistants,” Hall said. “I shared a room with her, she thought that the (the Tea Party leader) could get her places, and this is the first time I really spent one-on-one time with her. She was all over (the Tea Party leader). She wanted to go to his hotel room to get ready for the conference because we had been out on Bourbon Street and stuff like that. I had to physically leave the room, the hotel room, because they were under the covers in his bed pretty much getting ready to full getting it on. I was uncomfortable and left, she came back to our shared hotel room at two or three in the morning, hair completely disheveled.”
“That was in October 2012, then from there we went to Vegas because we were watching election night war room live video, so when we got to Vegas (the Tea Party leader) had a girlfriend, and he was leading them both on,” Hall continued. “Then (a nationally syndicated radio host) got there, and they disappeared. Well, I had access to her room because I was trying to help the whole war room going for the election night. I walked in on her and (the nationally syndicated radio host)… they jumped off the bed, his pants were undone, half of her clothes were off, his hair was disheveled.”
Red Alert Politics spoke to six other acquaintances and colleagues of Hughes, and all either confirmed this behavior or did not find it surprising.
Hall told Red Alert Politics, “That is literally her pattern, to sleep with, do stuff with, to get ahead.” Hall then recounted how a 22-year-old man who worked with her and Hughes showed her photos of himself and Hughes in bed together. He claimed he took the pictures to impress his college frat brothers.
“It was so hard working with her because she was constantly playing the ‘I’m the best Christian southern woman, my children, my husband,’ but the whole time we saw her carry on multiple conversations on her phone with multiple guys,” she continued.
Payne said to Red Alert Politics that he flatly denied Hughes allegations.
In a phone conversation, Hughes referred Red Alert Politics to her manager Michael Sanchez, who has not yet responded to a request for comment.