Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity are accused of sexual misconduct –including sexual harassment — in a sweeping lawsuit filed Monday in a New York federal court, and it could wind up costing both their jobs.
According to CNBC:
“A bombshell lawsuit filed by two women Monday accused former Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry of raping one of them and says that the network’s star anchor Sean Hannity once offered $100 to staffers to “date” another woman who also accuses Henry of sexual harassment.
“The federal suit says that one of the plaintiffs, Cathy Areu, also was sexually harassed by other high-profile men at Fox News, including Hannity, host Tucker Carlson, journalist Howard Kurtz and contributor Gianno Caldwell.”
The suit also accuses former Fox News correspondent Ed Henry of rape and sex trafficking, as well as allegedly sending incredibly disturbing images sent by Henry to a female Fox employee, Cathy Areu:
“The messages in Areu’s possession from Henry include “a ‘closeup’ photograph of a woman’s vagina being ‘clamped’ closed by four clothespins; a photograph of an individual wearing a mask that has a large penis in lieu of a nose; a photograph of a vibrator faux smoking a cigarette.
“Henry also sent Areu, the complaint alleged, ‘a video of a woman running across the room and jumping towards a camera—her skirt lifts up and the video ends with a closeup of her vagina; and a video entitled ‘Fastest Interview … candidate selected in 3 seconds.’ In the video, someone purportedly interviewing for a position exposes her vagina, after which the interviewer indicates that she got the job.”
Henry has been fired from the network for the allegations against him, but it remains to be seen if the network is willing to part ways with Carlson and Hannity — two of its biggest stars — the way Fox did when former host Bill O’Reilly was dismissed for repeated allegations of sexual misconduct against female employees.
However, if Fox does fail to cut all ties to Carlson and Hannity, it could also be facing legal exposure for creating a hostile workplace where sexual harassment and other sexual violence is tolerated merely because its so-called “stars” are bringing in too much ad revenue.
None of the revelations in the lawsuit should surprise anyone, as the network has long been known as “boy’s club” where its most high-profile employees are often allowed to run wild.