Late night…

Oh man. Former Fox News reporter Ed Henry has filed suit against the network.

Interesting lawsuit filed by Ed Henry against FOX today — Ivory Hecker

“Let’s talk about the part of the lawsuit where FOX banned Ed Henry from asking certain questions that the viewers were interested in”

Here we go… details from the Hollywood Reporter:

Henry claims that Scott “publicly smeared” him “and ultimately defamed him as a sex criminal” through the process in which he was terminated, quoting another Fox executive as saying that Scott was looking for a job elsewhere in the Murdoch empire. Scott ultimately signed a multiyear contract with Fox earlier this year.

Henry also says that Scott helped cover up other cases of sexual misconduct, and that he was fired “in order to divert attention from Ms. Scott’s long history of covering up actual misconduct.”

“Under the leadership of CEO Suzanne Scott, Fox News Media has worked tirelessly to transform the company culture, implementing annual, mandatory in-person harassment prevention training, creating an entirely new reporting structure, more than tripling the size of our HR footprint, conducting quarterly company meetings and mentoring events, as well as executing a zero tolerance policy regarding workplace misconduct for which we engage outside independent firms to handle investigations,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement. “No other company has enacted such a comprehensive and continuous overhaul, which notably, earned Fox News Media recognition as a “Great Place to Work” for the first time in its existence, a testament to the many cultural changes that Ms. Scott has instituted during her incredibly successful tenure as CEO.”

Specifically, Henry cites a human resources investigation involving Jay Wallace, who is currently the president of Fox News. Henry claims that the investigation found that Wallace had a relationship with a subordinate and that the employee subsequently received a “plum assignment” elsewhere at the company.

“Fox conducted a full and independent investigation of the claims against Jay Wallace — he was cleared of any wrongdoing and the allegations are false,” a Fox News spokesperson said in response to the claims.

In a footnote in the complaint, Henry says he intends to “bypass any nondisclosure agreements” that may have been signed by current or former Fox News employees (he names former Fox & Friends anchor Gretchen Carlson and former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone) by issuing subpoenas and forcing them to testify about their experiences at the company.

“As we stated one year ago, Fox News Media conducted a thorough independent investigation into Ed Henry immediately after we were made aware of a serious misconduct claim against him by a former employee, Based on the results of those findings, we promptly terminated Mr. Henry’s employment for willful sexual misconduct and stand by the decision entirely,” the Fox News spokesperson added. “We are fully prepared to vigorously defend against these baseless allegations as Mr. Henry further embarrasses himself in a lawsuit rife with inaccuracies after driving his personal life into the ground with countless extramarital affairs in a desperate attempt for relevance and redemption.”

The full suit can be found here.

Brian Cates:

 I hope Ed kept receipts. Because defamation as a public figure has a high bar.

Ed Henry sues Fox News CEO for defamation

Ed Henry, a former anchor for America’s Newsroom who was fired from Fox News last year after the network received a sexual misconduct complaint, sued Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on Wednesday for allegedly defaming him as a “sex criminal.”

Former Fox News Host Ed Henry Sues News Channel, CEO Suzanne Scott For Defamation In Sex Misconduct Firing

Ed Henry, who was fired last year from Fox News for alleged sexual misconduct, is suing the news channel and Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott for defamation. The lawsuit contends that Scott “publicly smeared” Henry “and ultimately defamed him as a sex criminal. It also alleges that Scott was part of a cover-up of other [……

Fourth article on the Ed Henry defamation lawsuit filed today.

Now I know what some might be thinking. “Isn’t that overkill? You just linked THREE articles from THREE different news media outlets about the ONE story of Ed Henry filing a defamation lawsuit against his former network, Fox News.”  That is correct.  I did just link 3 different versions of the same story. Each has details the OTHER two left out. Who can spot them?

NEVER GET YOUR NEWS FROM JUST A SINGLE SOURCE IF YOU CAN HELP IT. And with an internet search available to you, the instances in which you are limited to just ONE version of a news story is going to be rare.

From the Yahoo News version of the story:  “Henry’s lawsuit adds that he will “bypass any nondisclosure agreements” that may have been signed by current or former Fox News employees (former Fox & Friends anchor Gretchen Carlson and former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone are named) by using subpoenas and forcing them to testify.”

The Washington Examiner version names Henry’s rape accuser:  “Henry, 49, was fired from his role as co-anchor a year ago after an investigation by an independent law firm in response to a complaint filed by a “former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” according to a memo signed by Scott and Fox News President Jay Wallace.

It later emerged that Jennifer Eckhart, a former associate producer on Fox Business, accused Henry of sexual assault, including rape. Henry declined these accusations.

The Hollywood reporter version contains THIS interesting tidbit: the female executive who fired Henry got a huge contract out of it.

See, if you just read one news story about this and said “OK I know all I need to know” I just showed you two things you’d have missed.  So: Always get your news from multiple sources.  When a big news story breaks, get in the habit of reading 3 or 4 media outlet’s coverage of that same story.  You will be surprised at what one outlet includes that others don’t. — Brian Cates

A lot of the people Fox fired in the last 2 years, like Trish Regan, Gretchen Carlson and Diana Falzone, etc. likely had to sign NDA’s as they went out the door.  Those legal agreements meant they agreed never to say anything damaging or negative about Fox News in public.  Henry says he can legally get around those NDA’s by subpoenaing these people and forcing them to testify involuntarily.  I’ll bet some of them would LOVE to talk, but they’re afraid of getting sued by the network for violating their NDA if they do. So behind the scenes they may be urging Henry to subpoena them as ‘hostile witnesses’. 😉