WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Fox Nation host Britt McHenry filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Fox News and her former co-host on the streaming service outlet, George “Tyrus” Murdoch.
- McHenry alleged that the network retaliated against her after she accused Murdoch of sexual harassment.
- McHenry said in a statement that she did not want to file the lawsuit but she “had to stand up for what’s right for myself and for women.”
Fox News’ Fox Nation streaming-video outlet host Britt McHenry filed a lawsuit against the network and its corporate parent on Tuesday, claiming she has been denied opportunities at the company after reporting claims she was sexually harassed by George Murdoch, a former Fox Nation co-host.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. McHenry is asking for a jury trial as well as more than $75,000 in damages. It is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between the former ESPN anchor who has become known for her conservative views, and Fox News.
The network endured a series of harassment claims by former and current employees related to management by the Fox News’ former boss, Roger Ailes, and has worked to change that culture in subsequent years.
Fox News was not able to offer an immediate comment on the issue.
The defendants who were named on the suit include: Jennifer Rauchet, an executive producer; John Finley, Fox News’ executive vice president of development; and Moncia Mekeel, a senior vice president of human resources.
McHenry is claiming that Murdoch, also known as Tyrus, sent her harassing texts. Murdochcontinues to work at the news organization, though on a separate production from McHenry. The two were previously assigned to work together on a Fox Nation program called “Un-PC.”
In the suit, McHenry says she believes her professional career has suffered during her time at the network, and that she has been ignored by senior executives; left out of programming opportunities and events; and not promoted as much as some of her colleagues, Variety reported.
“Throughout 2019, Fox News retaliated against Ms. McHenry,” the suit claims, “stripping her of professional opportunities while simultaneously promoting her harasser, giving him his own show.”
McHenry also details multiple instances of Murdoch sending her inappropriate messages and acting toward her in a threatening manner.