For years, psychiatrist Keith Ablow was paid by Fox News to provide viewers with anti-LGBTQ bigotry disguised as medical expertise as part of the network’s “Medical A-Team.”
Now, a Boston Globe report alleges Ablow, like many of his former Fox News colleagues, may have a history of sexual predation or misconduct.
The report, which cites lawsuits filed by three former patients, claims Ablow “lured them into degrading sexual relationships, including beatings, conversations about bondage, and, in one case, getting a tattoo of the doctor’s initials to show his ‘ownership’ of her, according to court documents.”
Ablow denied the allegations in a tweet Thursday morning, saying he looks forward to court proceedings “and will continue to offer excellent care to any patient who needs my help” in the interim.
Categorically, completely deny the allegations lodged against me. I look forward to the court proceedings and will continue to offer excellent care to any patient who needs my help.
— Keith Ablow, M.D. (@keithablow) February 21, 2019
During Ablow’s years at Fox News — he departed the network in 2017 — he popularized himself through his incendiary rhetoric, which included claiming that no one is really transgender and that pretending to be is comparable to anorexia or heroin addiction. He has also claimed Facebook and abortion rights are why teens commit murder, and that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that can be shaped. In 2015, he claimed men should be able to “veto” women’s abortions.
Ablow also suggested the women victimized by media mogul Harvey Weinstein are the real villains for “playing on [Weinstein’s] narcissism and need for sex, exacting from him incredibly valuable opportunities,” and claimed Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and comedian Louis C.K. should have been immune from legal ramifications for their alleged sexual predation because they were “protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
Ablow joins a long line of current and former Fox News employees accused of sexual predation or misconduct.
In 2016, former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned from the network after former anchor Gretchen Carlson claimed he made unwanted sexual advances and, when she refused, attempted to sabotage her career. Carlson also alleged “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment from her then-Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy (Doocy remains on the program).
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was also forced out in 2017 after it was revealed that he had settled multiple sexual harassment claims totaling nearly $50 million during his time at the network. O’Reilly has repeatedly denied the allegations and said he only settled privately in order to “protect [his] children from the publicity.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity was accused by a former guest of keeping her off his show after she rebuffed his sexual advances, though Hannity has denied the allegation and remains on the air.
Francisco Cortes, the former Fox News Latino vice president, was previously accused of sexual assault by an on-air contributor, though he has denied the claim. In 2017, the network announced it had settled with the contributor for $2.5 million.
Former Fox News and Fox Business host Eric Bolling was dropped from the network in 2017 after he allegedly sent unsolicited photographs of male genitalia to multiple female colleagues. Bolling denied the claims through his attorney and has since taken up a daily hosting gig on the conservative BlazeTV.
Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is currently involved in a relationship with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., also left the network in 2018, over allegations she had shared lewd photographs with colleagues. Guilfoyle was reportedly forced out following an investigation into accusations that she showed pictures of male genitalia to co-workers, though her attorneys denied the allegations.
While not accused of misconduct himself, former Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigned in 2017 amid allegations that he helped create a culture of sexual harassment at the network, though Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News’ parent company and the network’s former chairman, praised him, saying Shine was “respected and liked by everyone at Fox News.” Shine was hired soon after by President Donald Trump and is currently the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a ThinkProgress inquiry as to whether the network was aware of any sexual misconduct allegations against Ablow prior to his departure from the network.