People Magazine reports:
Two women have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Fox News’ Ed Henry, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. In a lawsuit filed on Monday, former Fox News staffer Jennifer Eckhart’s attorney claims she was “violently raped” by Henry, who was fired by the network on July 1. Meanwhile, journalist Cathy Areu’s lawyer alleges she was sexually harassed by the former Fox News chief national correspondent.
Eckhart’s attorney alleges that Henry asked her to be his “sex slave” and “threatened punishment and retaliation if [Eckhart] didn’t comply with his sexual demands.” “Ms. Eckhart was violently raped while helpless and restrained in metal handcuffs, as Mr. Henry performed sadistic acts on her without her consent that left her injured, bruised and battered with bloody wrists,” Eckhart’s legal counsel states in the filing.
The Daily Beast reports:
On one occasion, he told her to remove her underwear and deliver it to him in an envelope. Later that day, he ordered her to perform oral sex on him in a guest office at Fox News headquarters in New York. On another occasion, Eckhart alleged, Henry “violently raped” her while she was handcuffed, only after he took nude photos of her without her consent. According to the lawsuit, Henry laughed as he took the photographs.
Eckhart’s lawyers also provided in the complaint a series of text messages in which Henry referred to their relationship in graphic terms. “Fuck you and your safe word,” he wrote in one message. “You will know when I’m done.” “When u r owned, you don’t get a ‘choice,’” he wrote on another occasion. “Good long session last time,” he wrote just after 10 a.m. in another series of texts. “Left you bruised, batter, dazed, sated begging for more.”
I will fight with every fiber of my being. A statement from attorney Cathy Foti: pic.twitter.com/Ha6IqdWkKw
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) July 21, 2020