Judge Andrew Napolitano work with Fox News has ended after allegations of sexual harassment, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Upon first learning of John Fawcett’s allegations against Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News Media immediately investigated the claims and addressed the matter with both parties,” a spokesperson for Fox told the Washington Examiner in an email.
“The network and Judge Napolitano have since parted ways. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously, are committed to providing a safe, transparent, and collaborative workplace environment for all our employees and took immediate, appropriate action.”
A lawsuit has been filed in the New York Supreme Court. The case involves producer John Fawcett, who works on the Fox Business “Kudlow” program.
The lawsuit alleges “sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and racial discrimination are still tolerated at Fox,” including “ethnic slurs and made sexually inappropriate comments about women in front of multiple staff members, including [Fawcett],” among other claims, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Daily Beast also reported, “The complaint also alleges that Larry Kudlow, a host and former economic adviser to Donald Trump, made sexually lewd comments about other women in front of his co-workers, including his desire to have a ‘three-way’ with reporters Sandra Smith and Susan Li.
“The lawsuit also accuses Kudlow of using ethnic slurs and intentionally blocking certain guests of color from appearing on his show.”
Not the First Time
The lawsuit is not the first against Napolitano. According to The Hill, “Last fall, Napolitano was accused of sexual misconduct by a South Carolina resident, Charles Corbishley, who alleged the judge forced him to perform oral sex on him in Hackensack, N.J., in the late 1980s.”
“Andrew Napolitano is out as a contributor at Fox News as he faces allegations of sexual harassment contained in a lawsuit against Fox News filed Monday. The lawsuit alleges he “sexually harassed numerous young male employees during his tenure at Fox News”https://t.co/ruBCgTpZnl
— Alex Plitsas 🇺🇸 (@alexplitsas) August 3, 2021
Another lawsuit in 2020 involved a man who claimed the judge “developed a strong attraction to him” and harassed him on several occasions, “including following him into the bathroom and groping him, drugging him, attempting to rape him and forcing him into sex from 2014 to 2017,” according to Huff Post.
The lawsuit seeks $15 million in damages in the suit, filed in Essex County, New Jersey, Superior Court, according to the report.
Napolitano’s departure further highlights the ongoing legal battles Fox News has faced involving some hosts. The network has already faced legal actions following the November 2020 elections as well as other sexual harassment related lawsuits in recent years.