Mediate reported that Fox News contributor Britt McHenry has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with the cable news network. As a result of the settlement, McHenry will also be leaving the network.
“I am very proud to have stood up for my rights and hope that I have empowered other women to do the same,” McHenry told The Daily Beast in a statement.
“Although I fully stand by the truth of my allegations, I am pleased to put this matter behind me and move forward with my career,” she added.
In response, Fox News provided Mediaite with a statement that read, “While FOX News is confident it would have prevailed in the lawsuit, we are pleased that we have been able to resolve this matter without further litigation.”
In addition to an undisclosed amount of cash, the settlement is also said to contain a confidentiality agreement barring the parties from discussing its contents.
What brought this on?
McHenry’s lawsuit stemmed from allegations she made in 2019 against professional wrestler and former Fox Nation co-host George “Tyrus” Murdoch.
At the time, McHenry accused Murdoch of sending “unwanted and unsolicited text messages with lewd, sexual comments” while the pair worked together on the Fox Nation program, UN-PC.
What’s more, the host went on to accuse Fox News of gender discrimination and retaliation in its handling of Murdoch’s alleged behavior.
Murdoch denies wrongdoing
For his part, Murdoch released a statement through his attorney in which he denied any allegations of wrongdoing and stressed that he had no part in the monetary settlement.
Mediate reported in 2019 that Murdoch was removed from the show and instead given his own celebrity interview program, Nuff Said.
“While we are not at liberty to discuss the details of any employee matter, we follow strict protocols when matters such as these are brought to our attention, and we make no exceptions,” Fox News told Mediaite.
“The process works because of the extensive systems and measures we have instituted,” Fox added. “This situation was independently investigated and we consider the matter resolved. We respect the confidentiality of all involved.”