Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Sex, Lies, and Weather
Hillary Andrews is accusing her former co-anchor, Bob Stokes, of repeated sexual harassment during her employment at The Weather Channel. The 38-year-old anchorwoman and meteorologist was one of the most popular figures on the cable television channel, but she had a problem with Stokes, who was "obsessed" with her and once asked her, "Will you lick my swizzle stick?"
Andrews' accusations couldn't come at a worse for The Weather Channel, which is being shopped around at a $5 billion valuation. Although Hillary won an arbitration case three months ago, the findings are being kept secret. We do know this:
Stokes, she claimed, made crude sexual remarks to her, leered at her chest, and followed her into the women's dressing room. He also allegedly questioned her "over and over again, non-stop" about her sex life, and once noted, "It tortures me when you wear those heels and skirt." When she rebuffed his advances, Andrews charged, Stokes's "hostility and volatility became a constant" and he sought to "sabotage" her on-air performance and even resorted to insulting her during live shows.
Instead of being believed, Hillary Andrews was initially relegated to anchoring the midnight shift after requesting a reassignment from the 50-year-old Stokes, who was only recently fired for his misconduct. Hillary is now suing Stokes in Georgia court for damages.
A graduate of Cornell University with a BS degree in meteorology, Hillary Andrews was employed at The Weather Channel for three years between 2003 and 2006.
Hillary Andrews Video & Pictures
A video of Hillary Andrews hosting The Weather Channel's Weekly Planner broadcast at 2:20 a.m.:
Hillary Andrews on The Weather Channel
Hillary Andrews in Front of Weather Map