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Sean Hannity's accuser said he didn't sexually harass her but called his actions 'creepy'


UPDATE 10:56 a.m. EST:

Debbie Schlussel said Monday she didn't consider her interactions with Fox News host Sean Hannity sexual harassment, but did label them "creepy."

"Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that," Schlussel said. She had previously said Hannity had asked her back to his hotel room multiple times. Hannity dismissed the allegations, calling Schlussel a "serial harasser." 

ORIGINAL STORY: Fox News host Sean Hannity was accused on Friday of sexual harassment by a guest on his show, just days after former Fox host Bill O'Reilly was ousted from Fox after a sexual harassment scandal.

Conservative political commentator Debbie Schlussel told Tulsa-based radio host Pat Campbell Hannity invited her to his hotel room before and after a debate in Detroit. Before the show, he invited her to a book signing, where he asked her, "Why don't you come back with me to my hotel?" Schlussel denied his request.

He called me and yelled at me. I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing.
Debbie Schlussel

Before the show, Hannity allegedly told Schlussel she would "team up" with him against another panelist. But she says every time she spoke, "they yelled at me and said 'Obey your host,'" and threatened to shut off her microphone. Hannity later asked Schlussel back to his hotel again. She refused again and was not invited on any other Hannity shows.

This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary ... My patience with this individual is over.
Sean Hannity statement

Hannity, in a statement to The Daily Beast, said Schlussel's allegations were false and a ruse to get attention. He threatened to "fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me."  

Hannity tweeted a link to the full statement on Monday.

Hannity and Schlussel have feuded before. In 2010, she wrote a blog post accusing his charity for military families of funneling less than 4 percent of its revenue to troops and families, which Hannity denied. She also accused him of plagiarizing a New York Post column about Imam Husham Al-Husainy. 

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