USA Communications Director Bill Shine claims to settle a legal conflict with a man he outed

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Former Fox News executive Bill Shine was in July named as Trump’s fifth Communications Director last month, replacing Hope Hicks. And now he says that the legal battle with a gay man which began when he worked for Fox News is finally over. Silas Pierce had sued the Fox News Network for $4.5 million, claiming that Shine outed him as gay while discussing a cancelled reality show on live TV. According to filings, Pierce accused Ailes and Shine sending “lawyers and investigators to Florida in an attempt to dig up damaging information” about him and then “[communicating] those private facts about Pierce to various ‘sock puppet’ media outlets,” but Mr. Shine was left off the hook due to unknown reasons. A filing on August 3 by Florida’s 9th Circuit Court states that Shine has “resolved all claims” against him, and as a consequence all the accusations against him were dismissed by the court. It is unclear what settlement Shine reached with Pierce, both sides refuse to comment.

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