Britt McHenry has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against Fox News, alleging she was sexually harassed by former Fox Nation co-host Tire and then blocked by the network after she complained.
McHenry voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit she filed against Fox News in December 2019, seeking unspecified damages.
Two sources familiar with the case told The Daily Beast that McHenry settled the lawsuit Monday, likely after an undisclosed cash payment and a nondisclosure agreement.
It is believed she will now leave the network and Fox Nation, the network’s online streaming service, but will continue to work as an on-air analyst for Fox 5, the station’s affiliate in Washington DC, The Beast reported.
In her lawsuit, filed in the New York District Court, the 35-year-old claimed she “suffered humiliation, emotional distress, career derailment and significant loss of economic opportunity” after raising concerns about Tyre, a former WWE wrestler whose real name is George Murdoch.
McHenry claimed that in 2018, Tire sent her sexually explicit text messages for months while they were both working on their show Un-PC. She said that when she complained, Fox Nation chief executive Jennifer Rauchet, who was also named in the lawsuit, told her she was “replaceable.”
Tire had denied the charges. In 2019, Fox said, “We are confident that our actions in lawsuits are considered fully appropriate. We expect all her claims to be dismissed.”
Britt McHenry has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit she filed against Fox News in December 2019
In her lawsuit, the 35-year-old claimed the news network had damaged her career after she said she was sexually harassed by her co-host Tyre, whose real name is George Murdoch (pictured)
After she dismissed her lawsuit, McHenry told The Daily Beast: “I’m very proud to have stood up for my rights and hope I’ve empowered other women to do the same.
“While I fully support the truth of my allegations, I am happy to put this case behind me and move on with my career.”
Fox News Media told the outlet: “While Fox News is confident it would have won the lawsuit, we are pleased to have been able to resolve this matter without further trial.”
While Tire has not publicly commented on the settlement, his attorney Tom Clare said in a statement that he is “grateful that the parties have reached a settlement that dismisses the claims against him with prejudice.”
He added: “Tyrus continues to dispute and deny the charges against him in the lawsuit and, consistent with that view, will not make any financial payments.”
McHenry, a former ESPN host from Arlington, Virginia, claimed that Tire had been sending her sexually explicit text messages for months in 2018 while they were both working on their show Un-PC
Fox News has maintained throughout the proceedings that McHenry’s claims were “baseless.”
McHenry claimed in the lawsuit that Tire became hostile after finding out she had a boyfriend. She was rumored to have been dating tennis star Tennys Sandgren in 2018, but after filing the lawsuit in December 2019, she appeared to be dating another man.
In addition to Tire and Rauchet, other defendants included Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Corp, News Corp, Fox Nation boss John Finley and human resources executive, Monica Mekeel.
“Since her sexual harassment complaint, Ms. McHenry has been effectively shut out by Fox News management,” the lawsuit had argued.
“In the past, Fox News executives and executives have contacted or dropped by Ms. McHenry to watch her show, but she hasn’t heard from them since she filed her sexual harassment complaint.”
Fox Nation boss John Finley (left) and executive producer Jennifer Rauchet (right) were also named as defendants in the lawsuit. Rauchet allegedly told McHenry she was ‘replaceable’
After she complained, the lawsuit said the network retaliated against her by shunning her and barring her from corporate events and shows. She cited a specific interaction in the lawsuit in which she expressed her concerns to Rauchet, who told her that “Fox News had never wanted her” and “When Ms. McHenry tried to continue the conversation, Ms. Rauchet physically walked away from her.”
The lawsuit also pointed to how the network responded to claims against Bill O’Reilly and former boss Roger Ailes, arguing that “From the beginning and to this day, Fox News has had a problem with sexual harassment.”
At the time of the filing of the lawsuit, a Fox News spokesperson told the Daily Mail: “As we have previously stated, Ms McHenry’s allegations have been fully investigated and we are confident that our actions in a lawsuit will be considered fully appropriate considered. We expect all her claims to be dismissed.”
Tire gestured for the case to be dropped late last year, but a federal judge rejected his plea and moved McHenry’s case.
After filing her case in 2019, McHenry significantly reduced her involvement with Fox News, while Tire only further developed his career with the network and got his own show Nuff Said.
He also became a frequent co-panellist on Greg Gutfeld’s late night show, which replaced Shannon Bream’s 11 p.m. weekday slot. He can also be seen regularly in The Five and Outnumbered.