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Who is former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros?

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Andrea Tantaros.

A second woman has sued Fox News and former chief Roger Ailes over alleged sexual harassment, almost eight weeks after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed her explosive litigation.

But if you’re not a devotee of the cable news network, you may not recognize Andrea Tantaros’s name.

Tantaros has previously made public accusations against Ailes, but on Monday, she filed a lawsuit in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

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Here’s what you should know about her and her fight with Fox:

Lawsuit

Tantaros’s litigation follows a similar lawsuit from Carlson, a former Fox News star. Carlson’s suit eventually led to Ailes stepping down from the network.

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Accusations against Scott Brown

There is a New England connection to Tantaros’s lawsuit. Former US Senator Scott Brown allegedly made sexually inappropriate comments to her and put his hands on her lower waist. Brown has denied the allegations, saying they are false.

Legal battles with Fox

This lawsuit is one missive in a legal war between the network and one of its former hosts.

Tantaros’ battles with Fox began last winter when the network said she had breached her employment contract by writing a book without getting network clearance.

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Fox has said Tantaros made up the sexual harassment allegations as a ploy in the contract dispute.

But Tantaros says in her complaint that Fox executives used the dispute about the book to try to silence her.

Her role on Fox

According to her Fox News biography, Tantaros joined the network in 2010, eventually becoming a host on “Outnumbered” and “The Five.” She previously worked as a communciations director for former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. She has been suspended from the network since 2015.

Key quote from the lawsuit

If there’s one quote to remember from Tantaros’s lawsuit, it’s probably this allegation:

“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.”

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.