Do you recall the aphorism, “revenge is a dish best-served cold?” Former Fox News show host, Ed Henry, delivered a frosty plate filled with offal today–courtesy of his attorney, Ty Clevenger–to the senior executives running Fox News.
Henry is suing for defamation and the text of the complaint contains some stunning allegations:
- Ed Henry was falsely accused of sexual harassment of Jennifer Eckhart and subsequently fired in order to divert attention from Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott’s long history of covering up actual misconduct, e.g., the sexual misconduct of Mr. Jay Wallace and other senior executives.
- In order to burnish her image as “the woman who cleaned up Fox News,” Ms. Scott preemptively fired Plaintiff and ultimately defamed him as a sex criminal, hoping to divert attention away from her long and ongoing history of covering up actual instances of sexual misconduct.
- Ms. Scott enabled and covered up sexual abuses committed by former Fox News’ CEO Roger Ailes while she served as one of his top lieutenants, while the pattern of cover-ups, and her willful participation in doing so, continued after her promotion to Fox News CEO.
- Ms. Scott a well-known history of whitewashing actual instances of “willful sexual misconduct” by Fox News employees, including a widely-known affair between a subordinate and Fox News President Jay Wallace, i.e., the same Jay Wallace who co-signed the public statement that defamed Mr. Henry.
- Mr. Wallace had demonstrated favoritism toward his subordinate lover and he was investigated by Fox News’ Human Resources Department for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. That investigation obtained unequivocal evidence confirming Mr. Wallace’s illicit relationship and favoritism, but the incident was intentionally covered up by Ms. Scott, who, and incredibly, boasted in her July 1, 2020 Statement about her efforts toward “full transparency given the many actions we have taken to improve the culture here over the last four years.”
Ed Henry kept his mouth shut since his shameful firing and gathered a mountain of evidence. The allegations presented in this complaint are, I am told by a source with direct knowledge of the case, just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more damaging dirt that will emerge if this goes to court. This lawsuit comes on the heels of Fox News shelling out $1 million dollars this week in a settlement with the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Here are the key details: