Cathy Areu (Fox News Guest Accuses Hosts of Sexual Harassment)
Cathy Areu and Jennifer Eckhart filed a lawsuit accusing former Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry of sexual assault and harassment. Areu alleges that she was sexually harassed by Henry and other men at Fox News including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Howard Kurtz, and Gianno Caldwell. In the lawsuit, Eckhart accuses Henry of raping her.
On July 1 of this year, Fox News announced that Henry was fired for alleged sexual assault. According to an internal note published by Henry’s co-anchor Sandra Smith, “On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about a former employee’s attorney, Ed Henry, with years of intentional sexual abuse at the workplace. Based on the findings of the investigation, Ed was dissolved. ”
“Ed Henry rejects the allegations made in the Fox announcement and is sure he will be right after a full hearing at an appropriate forum,” Henry’s lawyer said. Fox News has published the following statement about the case:
Based on the findings of a comprehensive independent investigation conducted by an outside law firm, including interviews with numerous eyewitnesses, we have determined that all of Cathy Areu’s claims against FOX News, including its management as well as its hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity & Howard Kurtz and its contributor Gianno Caldwell, are false, patently frivolous and utterly devoid of any merit. We take all claims of harassment, misconduct and retaliation seriously, promptly investigating them and taking immediate action as needed — in this case, the appropriate action based on our investigation is to defend vigorously against these baseless allegations. Ms. Areu and Jennifer Eckhart can pursue their claims against Ed Henry directly with him, as FOX News already took swift action as soon as it learned of Ms. Eckhart’s claims on June 25 and Mr. Henry is no longer employed by the network.
In response to Fox News’s testimony, plaintiff attorney Michael J. Willemin, partner of Wigdor LLP, said: “Fox News was aware of the complaints that it involves sexually inappropriate behavior before raping Mr. Henry, Ms. Henry, and sending graphics. or obscene photos, videos and texts. The complaint suggests that Fox News has done nothing. ”
Meanwhile, journalist Cathy Areu, who is a frequent guest on Fox News programs – was often labeled as “Liberal Sherpa” by Carlson, often watching lazy stereotypical liberal views to explain the uncertainty. In early 2020, Henry “sent him some very inappropriate sexual images and messages he had.”
Fox News said, “Based on the findings of a comprehensive independent investigation carried out by a foreign law firm, including interviews with numerous eyewitnesses, hosts of all claims against FOX News, including Cathy Areu’s administration, Tucker. Carlson, Sean Hannity and Howard Kurtz and contributor Gianno Caldwell are fake, patented frivolous, and completely deprived of right. We take all allegations of harassment, misconduct, and retaliation seriously, we investigate promptly and act immediately when necessary – in this case, the appropriate action based on our investigation is to strongly defend against these groundless allegations. Ms. Areu and Jennifer Eckhart can directly pursue her allegations against Ed Henry with her, because FOX News immediately took action after learning about Ms. Eckhart’s allegations on June 25 and when Mr. Henry was no longer employed by the network. ”
In response, Willemin said, “It is extreme and unreasonable to claim no responsibility for Fox News’s actions. After all, we are confident that a jury will hold Fox News responsible for the actions of its employees and their own behavior in responding to these claims. ”
Cathy Areu said in a statement: “I was scared enough to stand out like Miss Eckhart. However, I could not remain silent due to the great harm done by Mr. Henry and others in Fox News for women affiliated with the company. I chose to file this complaint because no woman needs to suffer from the behavior I was exposed to, very bad behavior that Ms. Eckhart suffered.