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Fox News’ Top DC Reporter James Rosen Left After Sexual-Harassment Claims

Fox News confirmed in late December that its chief Washington correspondent James Rosen had left the network; but they gave no reason for his departure and mentioned nothing on-air. NPR reported on Wednesday, however, that Rosen’s exit came amid a string of sexual-harassment claims made against him by fellow Fox employees. “[Rosen] had an established pattern of flirting aggressively with many peers and had made sexual advances toward three female Fox News journalists, including two reporters and a producer,” NPR’s David Folkenflik reported, based on conversations with eight of Rosen’s Fox colleagues. In one alleged incident, Rosen groped a new Fox reporter’s breast in a limo and attempted to retaliate for her rebuffing his advances by stealing her sources. This past spring he allegedly attempted to kiss a young female reporter in an elevator, and urged her to keep it quiet after she rejected him.