In the summer of this year we told you about a Fox Nation host, Britt McHenry, who claimed she’d been sexually harassed by her co-host at the time, Tyrus. He’d sent her lewd text messages, one in which he said “just pull your boobs out” and threatened to send her another photo of his penis if she continued to be negative.
At the time Fox News released this statement about the situation:
“As we have previously said, this matter was immediately and thoroughly investigated by an outside law firm that was charged with providing us with independent factual findings and recommendations for action based on all of the evidence. We have consistently done this in other employee matters of this nature. All protocols were followed and the recommendations we received were appropriate and promptly implemented. We respect the confidentiality of our employees and their involvement in any HR process and therefore will not comment on the results of the investigation.”
We reported that Tyrus had been taken off her show and given his own show on Fox Nation, but after that we didn’t heard much else. Tyrus is still a contributor on Fox News, as I see him from time to time on Dana Perino’s show. So I assume that the investigation by Fox News didn’t find him to be so guilty that he should be fired.
Fast forward to now and we learn today that McHenry is suing Fox News and Tyrus, among others, over these sexual harassment claims, via DC Examiner:
Britt McHenry, a host on Fox News’s streaming service Fox Nation, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network and her former co-host.
In her Tuesday filing, McHenry, 33, accused Fox News Channel and on-air personality George “Tyrus” Murdoch, 46, of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation. The lawsuit also names Fox Nation and Fox Executive Producer Jennifer Rauchet, Executive Vice President of Development John Finley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Monica Mekeel, and others as defendants.
According to her, Tyrus displayed “volatile and unpredictable behavior” at work and sent her sexually explicit text messages beginning in October 2018. She also alleged that he sexually harassed her in person and that the network retaliated against her after she brought her accusations to light by refusing to book her on Fox News programs, “shunning her,” and “shutting her out of company events.”
McHenry, who still hosts the Fox Nation show UN-PC, further claimed an HR employee for the network insinuated that she may have done something to “provoke her harasser” when she came forward with her allegations and is seeking monetary damages. Tyrus, who used to host the show alongside her, was booted off the program following her complaints about him but was given his own show NUFFSAID.
Her lawsuit follows a complaint she filed with New York State’s Division of Human Rights last month after Fox News conducted a second investigation into the matter and followed the recommendations it received based on the “factual findings” of the investigations.
This second investigation was done in the latter part of this year. McHenry tweeted this earlier this evening:
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.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) December 10, 2019
Fox News responded this way to the lawsuit:
“Ms. McHenry’s lawsuit recycles the same allegations she filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights in October, to which we filed a response on Friday,” a Fox News representative said in response to the Tuesday lawsuit. “As we have previously stated, 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.”
As a reminder, McHenry herself has had her own troubles. If you recall, this video surfaced of her verbally harassing a towing company employee back when she worked for ESPN:
UPDATE: This from Tyrus:
To whom it may concern … pic.twitter.com/mChlC6vumY
— Tyrus (@PlanetTyrus) December 11, 2019