Fox News, Ed Henry, Sean Hannity & Tucker Carlson Sued In Sex Trafficking, Sexual Harassment & Retaliation Suit

Tucker Carlson is returning to Fox News Channel tonight after a sudden vacation, but along with the cabler newser itself, Sean Hannity and the now fired Ed Henry, the top rated host also finds himself in the center of a whole new legal spotlight of alleged misconduct at the now Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace-run outlet.

“It is widely documented in the public record that Fox News has not only
cultivated and fostered sexual harassment and misconduct, but has consistently accepted and rewarded it,” says a sex trafficking, sexual Harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit from Jennifer Eckhart and Cathy Areu filed today against the Rupert Murdoch-owned outlet, its former reporter and some of its biggest and loudest primetime hosts. “Nevertheless, Fox News would have the public believe that it is a different place from the Fox News that was run by former disgraced Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes,” the jury trial action adds, noting the many accusations against the axed and now deceased former Mike Douglas Show producer.

“Unfortunately, it is actually worse,” the extremely detailed suit filed in federal court in New York asserts (READ IT HERE).

“As described in detail herein, Fox News continues to protect and reward
perpetrators of sexual harassment and refuses to take accountability for putting such persons in positions of power from which they can subject women to sexual misconduct, sexual assault and, in the case of Ms. Eckhart, rape,” the injunction and wide-spread damages seeking suit states. “Some of the names in leadership may have changed since Roger Ailes’ regime, but Fox News’ institutional apathy towards sexual misconduct has not.”

Fox News did no reply for request for comment from Deadline on the new lawsuit

America’s Newsroom anchor Henry was fired by FNC brass on July 1 after reports of “willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago” were supposedly brought to their attention on June 25 by “a former employee’s attorney.” That former employee in question was Jennifer Eckhart.

Monday’s lawsuit from lawyers Douglas Wigdor and Michael J. Willemin calls the move to axe Henry and claim the success of an independent investigation was FNC “trying to avoid taking accountability for what actually happened; namely, that one of its most prominent on-air personalities — with a history of multiple sexual harassment complaints – sexually assaulted and raped Ms. Eckhart.”

“Moreover, the investigator did not even speak with either of our clients, even though both Ms. Eckhart and Ms. Areu offered to meet with him under reasonable conditions,” the Wigdor LLP attorneys declared in a statement after the suit was field today. “We call on Fox News to work with our clients to retain a truly independent investigator who is transparent. The results of any such investigation should be made public for the world to see.”

Fox News has been looking to move pass an era of sexual impropriety and harassment allegations behind it after a dark period that saw founder and CEO Roger Ailes resign in 2016 amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Top-rated host Bill O’Reilly was forced out the following year after reports of numerous sexual harassment settlements – coming on the heels of Henry’s ouster, this lawsuit presents a very serious pothole on that path.

Furthermore, Carlson saw one of his top writers exposed on July 11 for frequently posting racist, sexist and homophobic comments on a legal message board. Tucker Carlson Tonight’s Blake Neff resigned that day, but while FNC execs condemned the writer’s vile actions, Carlson himself seemed to be more concerned with Neff than his bigotry.

“First, what Neff wrote anonymously was wrong,” Carlson told his viewers near the end of his July 14 show before heading off on suddenly revealed trout fishing vacation. “We should also point out to the ghouls that are beating their chest in triumph at the destruction of a young man that self-righteousness also has its costs,” he added, with an unspoken swipe at his former employers CNN, who outed Neff in their reporting.

“We are all human, when we pretend we are holy, we are lying,” the ratings record breaking host continued with defiance instead of the anticipated remorse. “When we pose as blameless in order to hurt other people, we are committing the gravest sin of all and we will be punished for it. No question.”

 

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