Fox News sued over sexual harassment — again


A lawsuit alleges Fox has retaliated against Britt McHenry after she revealed sexual harassment by a co-host.

Fox News host Britt McHenry is suing the right-wing pro-Trump network for sexual harassment and retaliation.

McHenry alleges that George Murdoch, aka "Tyrus," her co-host on Fox Nation, the network's digital outlet, sent her explicit text messages and that after she leveled those accusations, network executives sexually harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against her.

"I am standing up for myself, for women and for what's right," McHenry wrote, "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 said in her suit that since she made her accusations, she has not received opportunities to promote her show on Fox News and that her program, which she still hosts, has not received much marketing. (Fox frequently hosts its own employees to promote their programming.)

The allegation adds to the long history of Fox News enabling and covering up sexual harassment by hosts and senior executives.

Fox News founder Roger Ailes serially sexually harassed multiple women at the network over his decades leading the network. Among those targeted by Ailes were network anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. The network kept the abuse under wraps while Ailes ran the network and only removed him after his victims told their stories to the press.

Fox also paid off victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by Bill O'Reilly, who was the network's lead prime time host for nearly two decades. Executives covered up O'Reilly's abusive behavior and hid the allegations from the public until his actions were exposed.

And Fox News has positioned itself as Donald Trump's biggest booster and apologist, even as Trump is an admitted sexual assailant who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances. The network has covered up for Trump on several occasions, including spiking the story of how he paid porn star Stormy Daniels hush money ahead of the 2016 election.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.