PALM BEACH — It’s official: Disgraced Fox New founder Roger Ailes fessed up he joined conservative stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter as a full-fledged resident of Palm Beach.
The man who built the cable network into a must-see staple for GOP voters who don’t like their beliefs challenged recently filed a sworn affidavit with the Palm Beach County Clerk alongside his long-suffering much younger wife Elizabeth. It reads that the house at 6 Ocean Lane is “my permanent home,” making him a “bona-fide Florida resident.”
The declaration (below) was made under oath and threat of a maximum five years in prison.
It is likely designed to get the 76-year-old Ailes a homestead exemption and lower his yearly property taxes, which are expected to reach the $500,000-range in 2017.
We broke the story last year: Porky Ailes, who quit the network when employees started making noise about Ailes’ fostering of a sexually charged fraternity-like culture of harassment, secretly plunked down $36 million for the beachfronter in September under the name City National Bank of Florida Trust No. 2401-3263-00.
At the time, Ailes and Fox were getting sued for sexual harassment for his misguided attempts to bed high-profile news anchors Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and Andrea Tantaros.
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We were told by a real estate source familiar with the transaction that Ailes was making Florida his home to benefit from laws that ban the seizure of a homestead to pay for judgments and other debts.
While Ailes managed to fly below the media radar since, his name popped back up in the news last week with a stunning story in the New York Times about similar allegations against married Fox star Bill O’Reilly.
In a story published yesterday, the newspaper of record claims O’Reilly, with Fox’s blessing and help, paid $13 million to young women who claimed inappropriate advances while his show continues to rule the nighttime ratings.
Meanwhile Ailes was forced to resign in July but was handed a $40 million-golden parachute.
At the time, he was also an advisor on Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.
Fox eventually settled with Carlson, reportedly for $20 million, and two other Ailes employees who remained anonymous.
Built to look more like a Miami Beach drug dealer’s mansion, Ailes’ new crib was one of the most coveted new constructions in Palm Beach.
It offers 12,700 square feet of sheer luxury with sweeping views on the ocean and the property’s private beach from the dozens of large aquarium windows.
The six-bedroom, 10-bathroom house was finished in late 2015 and boasts an interior designed by the high-profile Florida-based Marc-Michaels Interior Design.
Ailes has owned property in Palm Beach County in the past, including a beachfront condo on Singer Island that he eventually sold to Fox financial guru Neil Cavuto for $525,000 in 2003.