Former Fox Information anchor Ed Henry has been accused of ‘violently raping’ one lady and sexually harassing one other in a bombshell new lawsuit.
The federal swimsuit was filed on Monday within the US District Court docket for Southern New York by two former Fox Information workers, Cathy Areu and Jennifer Eckhart.
Eckhart claims that Henry – who was fired from the community on July 1 after an unnamed worker accused him of sexual misconduct – handcuffed her and raped her in a resort room after attempting to coerce her right into a sexual relationship.
Areu claims she was sexually harassed by Henry, 49, and several other different males on the community – together with star anchors Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson and journalists Howard Kurtz and Gianno Caldwell.
The lawsuit describes how Hannity allegedly provided employees $100 to take Areu on a date whereas she served as an everyday face on his primetime present in 2018.
Former Fox Information anchor Ed Henry (pictured) has been accused of ‘violently raping’ one lady and sexually harassing one other in a bombshell new lawsuit
The federal swimsuit was filed on Monday within the US District Court docket for Southern New York by two former Fox Information workers, Cathy Areu (left) and Jennifer Eckhart (proper)
The lawsuit names Fox Information, Henry, Hannity, Carlson and Kurtz as defendants.
‘It’s broadly documented within the public report that Fox Information has not solely cultivated and fostered sexual harassment and misconduct, however has persistently accepted and rewarded it,’ Monday’s grievance states.
‘Nonetheless, Fox Information would have the general public consider that it’s a completely different place from the Fox Information that was run by former disgraced Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.’
A spokesperson for the community issued an announcement concerning the lawsuit to DailyMail.com which denies the plaintiffs’ claims and vows to battle them ‘vigorously’.
‘Primarily based on the findings of a complete unbiased investigation performed by an out of doors regulation agency, together with interviews with quite a few eyewitnesses, we’ve got decided that every one of Cathy Areu’s claims in opposition to FOX Information, together with its administration in addition to its hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity & Howard Kurtz and its contributor Gianno Caldwell, are false, patently frivolous and totally devoid of any benefit,’ the spokesperson stated.
‘We take all claims of harassment, misconduct and retaliation significantly, promptly investigating them and taking speedy motion as wanted — on this case, the suitable motion primarily based on our investigation is to defend vigorously in opposition to these baseless allegations.
‘Ms. Areu and Jennifer Eckhart can pursue their claims in opposition to Ed Henry immediately with him, as FOX Information already took swift motion as quickly because it discovered of Ms. Eckhart’s claims on June 25 and Mr. Henry is not employed by the community.’
Henry’s lawyer, Catherine Foti, additionally denied the allegations laid naked within the lawsuit.
‘The Me Too motion has helped to convey to gentle quite a lot of injustices in our society, and everybody that has suffered deserves to be heard. This isn’t a type of instances,’ Foti stated.
‘The proof on this case will reveal that Ms. Eckhart initiated and utterly inspired a consensual relationship. Ed Henry seems to be ahead to presenting precise info and proof, which can contradict the fictional accounts contained within the grievance. That proof contains graphic pictures and different aggressively suggestive communications that Ms. Eckhart despatched to Mr. Henry.’
Eckhart alluded to the swimsuit in an Instagram publish on Monday, writing: ‘Stepping out of the darkness and into my fact’
Areu claims she was sexually harassed by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity in addition to by Henry
The lawsuit begins by describing how Henry ‘preyed upon, manipulated and groomed Ms Eckhart beginning on the younger age of 24 by exerting his abuse of energy over her and her profession’.
‘Mr. Henry not solely leveraged this imbalance of energy for management over his sufferer, Ms. Eckhart, however requested her to be his “intercourse slave” and his “little whore,” and threatened punishment and retaliation if Ms. Eckhart didn’t comply together with his sexual calls for.
‘When she wouldn’t comply voluntarily, he sexually assaulter her on workplace property, and raped her at a resort the place Fox Information incessantly lodged its visiting workers, thereby facilitating, whether or not knowingly or unknowingly, Mr. Henry’s conduct.’
It additional alleges that Eckhart’s attorneys described Henry’s alleged assaults ‘in graphic and particular element’ to Fox Information and offered textual content messages wherein he threatened additional abuse.
Henry was subsequently fired by Fox Information earlier this month primarily based on findings of an inside investigation, each the lawsuit and the community stated.
However the lawsuit contends that the community had been conscious of Henry’s alleged sexual misconduct no less than since early 2017, when a number of different girls got here ahead with complaints about him.
As a substitute of disciplining Henry after these complaints, Fox Information promoted him to a better place, the lawsuit says.
Eckhart alluded to the swimsuit in an Instagram publish on Monday that confirmed her face half obscured by a shadow.
‘Stepping out of the darkness and into my fact,’ she wrote. ‘I stand for all victims who’ve been mistreated, harassed, assaulted, and even worse, by the hands of these in energy, and the establishments that proceed to assist them.
‘My choice to talk out was not a simple one, however I refuse to let concern of retaliation, sufferer shaming and additional assaults intimidate me into remaining silent. I’m hopeful that my choice to file this motion will end in optimistic change for girls at Fox, and for all victims within the office.’
The lawsuit claims Henry ‘preyed upon, manipulated and groomed Ms Eckhart beginning on the younger age of 24 by exerting his abuse of energy over her and her profession’. Eckhart is pictured above with baseball star A Rod in a photograph from her Instagram web page
The lawsuits contains pictures of texts Henry allegedly despatched to Eckhart
The second portion of the swimsuit outlines allegations introduced by Areu, who stated Henry despatched her ‘a slew of wildly inappropriate messages all through the primary half of this 12 months’.
Areu claims that within the messages Henry made it clear that he ‘would help her profession if she had intercourse with him’, the swimsuit states.
‘Mr. Henry was removed from the one Fox Information anchor who subjected Ms. Areu to sexual harassment,’ it provides.
‘She was additionally subjected to inappropriate sexual harassment and retaliation by Mr. Hannity, Mr. Carlson, Mr. Kurtz and Gianno Caldwell.’
The swimsuit describes how Areu ‘was a comparatively common face on The Sean Hannity Present till March 8, 2018’ – the day Hannity allegedly harassed her within the studio.
‘Mr. Hannity, on set and in entrance of the whole studio crew – and utterly unsolicited – threw $100 on the set desk,’ it states.
‘He then started calling out to the boys within the room and demanding that somebody take Ms. Areu out on a date for drinks at Del Friscos.
‘He repeatedly yelled: “Who needs to take her on a date?” “Take her on a date to Del Friscos.”
‘Ms. Areu was utterly mortified and made clear that she was extremely uncomfortable with Mr. Hannity’s misogynistic habits by quietly pleading with one in all her pals within the room to just accept the cash in order that the humiliation would finish.’
Later that 12 months Areu alleges that Tucker Carlson propositioned her on the set of his present by telling her that he was staying alone in a resort room.
Areu is seen on Tucker Carlson’s present in 2018. She accused the anchor of propositioning her for intercourse on the set of his present in 2018