Bill Shine joins White House as communications director

Bill Shine was forced out at Fox News over his handling of sexual harassment claims at the network

Lucas Jackson Reuters Bill Shine was forced out at Fox News over his handling of sexual harassment claims at the network

President Donald Trump on Thursday named Bill Shine, a former top official at Fox News, to be his fifth communications chief.

Shine resigned in May 2017 as co-president of Fox News Channel in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal at the cable channel.

The White House says Shine "brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role".

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The White House has been without a communications director since longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks left in March.

Fox eventually settled the lawsuit and issued an apology to Carlson.

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Days after Sherman wrote those words, Shine was out - resigning on May 2, 2017.

HuffPost reported on Thursday that Shine's wife, Darla Shine, frequently attempted to discredit sexual harassment accusers at Fox News on Twitter. Roginsky, who said Ailes sexually harassed her, accused Shine of retaliating against her for her refusal to join "Team Roger", a cadre of women who supported Ailes in his battle with Carlson.

Shine hasn't personally been accused of sexual harassment, but his proximity to Ailes has caused some of Trump's allies to wonder if Shine's appointment is a good move. "Life ... works in mysterious ways". The group said the "Trump White House has been a revolving door of sexual abusers and their enablers". He's also alleged to have been aware of the allegations against Ailes.

Though there were no further comments from the White House or President Trump on the decision to hire Shine.

Shine is married to Darla Shine, a former Fox News TV producer. Shine denied those allegations. Shortly after, she filed her lawsuit. And still hasn't explained much of anything about the circumstances that led to his dismissal from Fox News.

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