Fox News fires Ed Henry over sexual assault

Fox News has fired Ed Henry, co-host of its “America’s Newsroom,” after the network received a complaint of sexual-misconduct complaint against him last week from a former employee, the network’s executives said.

“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace wrote in an email to employees. The email was subsequently obtained by Mediaite distributed on social media.

Ed Henry was “suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities” while a third-party law firm investigated the allegations, the network officials stated.

“Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated,” they said.

Several former colleagues told NPR that Henry repeatedly pursued younger female staffers during his time at Fox News.

In 2016, Henry was the subject of reports that he had a 10-month extramarital relationship with a Las Vegas hostess.


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The 48-year-old Ed Henry’s profile has already been deleted from the Fox News website.

Before joining Fox News in 2011, Henry was the senior White House correspondent for CNN and moderated its “Inside Politics.”

Mr. Henry is the latest in a series of prominent Fox News employees to depart the network after being accused of sexual misconduct. Mr. Ailes resigned from Fox News in 2016 after former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit alleging that he damaged her career after she rejected his advances.

He died in 2017. Fox News in 2017 cut ties with Bill O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” after the New York Times revealed that he and the network paid millions to settle complaints of sexual harassment and verbal abuse made by women who appeared on his show or worked with him.

At the time, Mr. O’Reilly said his departure from Fox News was caused by “completely unfounded claims.”

Douglas Wigdor, a partner of law firm Wigdor LLP, said in a statement that his firm is representing Mr. Ed Henry’s accuser but declined to comment further. Mr. Wigdor has represented other women who have accused the network and its employees of workplace misconduct.

Ms. Scott and Mr. Wallace said in the memo that Fox News has overhauled its human-resources operation in 2017 and instituted mandatory inclusion and harassment-prevention training.

 

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