A Fox News personality sued Fox News Channel and a former co-host for sexual harassment on Tuesday.
Britt McHenry, a host on the Fox Nation streaming service, accused the network of retaliation after she complained that her co-host, former professional wrestler George “Tyrus” Murdoch, sexually harassed her via text messages and in person, the Washington Examiner reported. Fox said that McHenry’s allegations had already been investigated and that they expect to be vindicated, whereas Murdoch said through a lawyer that he is the target of a “smear” campaign.
McHenry files suit
McHenry claims that Murdoch, her former co-host on Un-PC, began sending her crude text messages in October 2018, including messages threatening to send pictures of his genitals. He also allegedly made sexual comments to her in person, the New York Post reported.
The suit claims that the network responded to McHenry’s complaints by “shunning her, shutting her out of company events, and refusing to allow her on Fox News Channel shows” while rewarding Murdoch.
Fox moved Murdoch from Un-PC this year and gave him his own show, NUFFSAID, after her complaints surfaced.
When she went to HR, McHenry says she was asked what she had done to provoke her co-host. She also claimed that an executive producer at the network, Jennifer Rauchet, warned her “not to complain,” said that she was “replaceable,” and stated that “Fox News never wanted her” after Murdoch berated her on set, USA Today reported.
“I am standing up for myself, for women and for what’s right. I have maintained the same allegations because the truth doesn’t change. I feel for any sexual harassment victim who has their story and evidence dismissed, doubted and not believed,” McHenry tweeted.
Blasts “sham” network investigation
The lawsuit names Murdoch, Fox Nation, Rauchet, Executive Vice President of Development John Finley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Monica Mekeel, and others.
“Ms. McHenry’s allegations have been fully investigated and we are confident our actions will be deemed entirely appropriate in litigation. We expect all of her claims to be dismissed,” a spokeswoman for Fox News said in a statement.
McHenry accuses Fox of “victim blaming” with a “sham investigation” to reach the conclusion that no harassment had occurred.
The suit claims that Murdoch “doctored” two pictures purporting to show McHenry’s cleavage in an attempt to show that she was flirting with him over text, and Murdoch had been circulating the “fraudulent” texts at Fox to hurt her reputation.
“It’s telling that Vanity Fair, TMZ, and other outlets reported on the lawsuit before McHenry’s lawyers contacted us about it,” Murdoch’s lawyer Tom Clare said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “Tyrus denies the allegations in the lawsuit and will be defending it vigorously. He looks forward to having a public forum in the court system to clear his name from the smear campaign that has been waged against him in the media.”