Fox News sued by streaming host Britt McHenry, who alleges harassment

Britt McHenry, a host for Fox News’ Fox Nation streaming-video outlet, filed suit against the network and its corporate parent Tuesday, alleging she has been denied opportunities at the company after reporting claims she was harassed sexually by a former co-host, George Murdoch, who is also known as Tyrus.

McHenry’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, asks for a jury trial as well as more than $75,000 in damages. It is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between McHenry, a former ESPN anchor who has become known for her conservative views, and Fox News, which endured a series of harassment claims by current and former employees related to management by the network’s 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 matter.

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WASHINGTON DC - AUGUST 30: Britt McHenry, a former ESPN reporter is making the transition to news on Fox and has a new show starting in October. She visits the Fox news set on August 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: ESPN sideline reporter Brittany McHenry works the pregame broadcast prior to the start of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Washington 20-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC - AUGUST 30: Britt McHenry, a former ESPN reporter is making the transition to news on Fox and has a new show starting in October. She visits the Fox news set on August 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: ESPN sideline reporter Brittany McHenry works the pregame broadcast prior to the start of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Washington 20-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: ESPN reporter Britt McHenry watches the action on the court before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Licensing Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16: Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose poses for a photo with ESPN reporter Britt McHenry after an interview prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: ESPN reporter Britt McHenry laughs with colleagues on the sidelines before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots on September 20, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. New England defeats Buffalo 40-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Editor in chief and publisher of Capitol File Magazine Sarah Schaffer (L) and Britt McHenry attend Capitol File's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner after party presented by The Bipartisan Policy Center on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Britt McHenry plays soccer during the 2011 Celebrity Soccer Challenge at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf on July 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: FILE, Britt McHenry, ABC7 weekend sports anchor, has fun in the candy apple Cadillac XTS 2013 (Cadillac was a sponsor and the car was being raffled off); there were also candy apple drinks and a candy bar, not to mention go-go dancers and models on pedestals, at Washington Life's 7th Annual Young and the Guest List party (YGL) held Monday December 17, 2012 at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. This is the magazines celebration of under-40 over-achievers in politics, media, business, diplomacy, public service, sports, philanthropy, and the arts. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo For the Washington Post)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, ESPN television reporter Britt McHenry smiles before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. McHenry tells Marie Claire in an article published online Dec. 12, 2016, that stress over a viral video that showed her hurling personal insults toward a towing company clerk may have led to a condition that caused permanent eye damage. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is interviewed after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, right, in Baltimore. ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk's intelligence, job and appearance. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday, April 16, that McHenry has been suspended for a week. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
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The suit also names Jennifer Rauchet, an executive producer; John Finley, Fox News’ executive vice president of development; and Moncia Mekeel, a senior vice president of human resources ,as defendants.

At issue are claims by McHenry that Murdoch sent her harassing texts. He continues to work at the news organization, though on a separate production from McHenry. Earlier, the two were 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 Fox News, 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. ” Throughout 2019, Fox News retaliated against Ms. McHenry,” the suit alleges, 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.

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