The lawsuit, filed within the Southern District of New York, argued that Fox Information retaliated in opposition to McHenry after she accused Murdoch, her former Fox Nation co-host and a community contributor, of sexual harassment. It additional contended that the probes performed by exterior legislation companies on behalf of the community have been “sham investigations.”
“The very last thing I wished to do was file this lawsuit,” McHenry stated in an announcement offered by lawyer Lisa Bloom’s legislation agency, which represents her. “However I needed to rise up for what’s proper for myself and for girls.”
In separate statements, Fox Information defended its actions and Murdoch denied the allegations.
McHenry’s lawsuit, which seeks financial damages, alleged that Murdoch displayed “risky and unpredictable conduct” at work and began sending her sexually suggestive textual content messages in October 2018.
“I really like pony tails and braids you look wonderful and it is an actual activate not that you simply care however I find it irresistible,” one of many textual content messages stated, in accordance with the lawsuit.
“The image seems to be so good I might knock up the image …. loopy attractive love your legs,” stated one other, in accordance with the lawsuit.
McHenry alleged within the lawsuit that Murdoch additionally sexually harassed her in individual. The lawsuit stated McHenry “by no means crossed the road or despatched Mr. Murdoch any sexual messages.”
The lawsuit contended Fox Information retaliated in opposition to McHenry after she reported Murdoch’s conduct. McHenry not solely reported Murdoch’s conduct to Fox Information, however in October she filed a grievance with the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Following her complaints, the lawsuit stated that McHenry, who continues to host the Fox Nation present “UN-PC,” has “obtained far fewer skilled alternatives” from the community, together with not often being invited to seem on-air and never receiving a lot advertising for her present.
McHenry attacked the credibility of the 2 exterior investigations. She alleged that pictures obtained throughout one of many probes “presupposed to be from” her to Murdoch “together with her cleavage and almost naked breast proven.” However, McHenry acknowledged in her lawsuit, the pictures have been “fraudulent” and “doctored.”
“A easy Google Picture search reveals that the primary picture was taken from a web site and the girl depicted was not Ms. McHenry,” the lawsuit stated.
McHenry’s lawsuit stated she “instantly provided to have a forensic professional look at her cellphone to supply she didn’t ship these messages, offered Mr. Murdoch do the identical.” However, in accordance with the lawsuit, Murdoch “has refused to undergo a forensic examination of his cellphone.”
Fox Information has beforehand pointed to the 2 exterior investigations and stated it adopted the suggestions it obtained. The community in the end separated the 2, giving Murdoch his personal Fox Nation present and McHenry a brand new co-host. Murdoch has continued to seem on Fox Information.
In a Tuesday assertion, a Fox Information spokesperson stated McHenry’s lawsuit “recycles the identical allegations filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights in October, to which we filed a response on Friday.”
“As we’ve beforehand acknowledged, Ms. McHenry’s allegations have been totally investigated and we’re assured our actions will probably be deemed solely applicable in litigation,” the spokesperson stated. “We anticipate all of her claims to be dismissed.”
Murdoch’s lawyer, Tom Clare, stated in an announcement that his shopper “denies the allegations within the lawsuit and will probably be defending it vigorously.”
“He seems to be ahead to having a public discussion board within the court docket system to clear his identify from the smear marketing campaign that had been waged in opposition to him within the media,” Clare stated. “Tyrus will probably be pursuing defamation counterclaims.”