Fox News is once again finding itself at the center of allegations over sexual assault and harassment. The latest lawsuit is against the network, recently fired host Ed Henry and some of the network’s top stars. NBC writes:
A bombshell lawsuit filed by two women Monday accused former Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry of raping one of them and says that the network’s star anchor Sean Hannity once offered $100 to staffers to “date” another woman who also accuses Henry of sexual harassment.
The federal suit says that one of the plaintiffs, Cathy Areu, also was sexually harassed by other high-profile men at Fox News, including Hannity, host Tucker Carlson, journalist Howard Kurtz and contributor Gianno Caldwell.
In the lawsuit, former Fox Business associate producer Jennifer Eckhart claims, in graphic detail, that Henry raped her and asked her to be his “sex slave.” The women suing the network are speaking out about the lawsuit today. During an interview with CBS This Morning’s Jericka Duncan, Eckhart said, “I felt that he had the power to derail me, to destroy me, to ruin my career. And I didn’t have a voice until now.”
New allegations that sexual misconduct continued at Fox News Channel for years after the revelations that led to the departure of CEO Roger Ailes.
The network has denied the claims. pic.twitter.com/RIBuXH8fu4
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 21, 2020
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who used to work at Fox News, called her former place of employment “rotten to the core… I guess even though there are really good people there who are trying to do their jobs, it’s not enough, because unless you get rid of and stamp out the predators, then of course the culture is still going to be rotten. And didn’t they know this. When that outside lawfirm… did their investigation back in 2016, didn’t Ed Henry’s name come up, didn’t they know things about Ed Henry and yet they promoted him. Doesn’t that tell us all we need to know about the culture?”
Watch more on the lawsuit and Camerota’s reaction above.
Fox News reportedly calls the claims in the lawsuit “baseless allegations.” Their statement continued, “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.”