To allow for an independent and public investigation of sexual abuse allegations against Ed Henry, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Howard Kurtz, and Gianno Caldwell.
Earlier this week, a former Fox News employee and a news contributor filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News anchor Ed Henry of rape. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan by contributing Fox News analyst Cathy Areu and former production assistant Jennifer Eckhart, also claims that Fox News primetime anchors Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, as well as journalist Howard Kurtz and network political analyst Gianno Caldwell, sexually harassed and abused Areu and Eckhart.1,2
This is not the first time that Fox News fostered a toxic culture of sexual violence and misogyny, which resulted in legal claims. Last March, UltraViolet demanded that Fox News fire Carlson after news reports cited his extreme sexist views that women are "primitive" and "need to be quiet and...do what you're told," and his outrageous defense of child marriage.3 In 2017, after Fox News host Bill O'Reilly settled multiple sexual harassment and assault claims for $32 million, the network renewed his contract--despite acknowledging the women's claims against him.4
And in spite of losses in revenue for shows such as "The O'Reilly Factor," "Tucker Carlson Tonight," and "The Sean Hannity Show," Fox News continues to subsidize these predators.5,6
Enough is enough.
Sign on to demand an independent and public investigation of Henry, Carlson, Hannity, Kurtz and Caldwell.
1. Civil Suit Against Former Fox News Anchor Ed Henry Alleges Rape, Sexual Misconduct, NPR, July 21, 2020
2. Two Women Sue Fox News, Claiming Misconduct by Ed Henry and Others, The New York Times, July 20, 2020
3. Tucker Carlson under fire for defending statutory rape, among other things, Fast Company, March 11, 2019
4. Bill O'Reilly Settled New Harassment Claim, Then Fox Renewed His Contract, The New York Times, October 21, 2017
5. Tucker Carlson Is Losing More Sponsors. But Is Fox News Losing Ad Cash?, Variety, June 12, 2020
6. Fox News' ad revenue nose-dives, declining a whopping 17 percent, Media Matters for America, October 26, 2017