Fox News has cut ties with Judge Andrew Napolitano, who worked as a legal contributor at the network, following allegations of sexual harassment.
The lawsuit: A 27-year-old Fox News associated producer, John Fawcett, who works on Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow” filed a lawsuit Monday in the New York Supreme Court that outlines the allegations against Napolitano.
Fawcett accuses Napolitano of having “sexually harassed numerous young male employees during his tenure at Fox News.” He said that he once encountered Napolitano in an elevator where the now-ex Fox News contributor stroked his arm and made sexually suggestive comments.
He then told colleagues and was told that “[i]t was common knowledge that Judge Napolitano sexually harassed young men at Fox News.”
Fawcett reported Judge Napolitano to its human resources department but the network did not take any immediate action, the lawsuit claims.
Fox News’ response: Fox News said it looked into the claims against Napolitano and that he is no longer with network.
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“Upon first learning of John Fawcett’s allegations against Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Media immediately investigated the claims and addressed the matter with both parties. The network and Judge Napolitano have since parted ways,” Fox News said in a statement o multiple outlets.
“We take all allegations of misconduct seriously, are committed to providing a safe, transparent and collaborative workplace environment for all our employees and took immediate, appropriate action,” the statement adds.
The network said it will defend itself against Fawcett’s allegations that senior producer Stephanie Freeman “has repeatedly discriminated against male staff who work for Mr. Kudlow, namely by trying to force them to resign or face termination.”
“Furthermore, the additional allegations laid out in this claim are completely baseless and nothing more than a desperate attempt at a payday by trying the case in the court of public opinion as the complaint does not meet the standards of the law. We will defend the matter vigorously in court.”
Worth noting: The lawsuit also claims that Larry Kudlow, the host of the show, used ethnic slurs and made sexually inappropriate comments about women in front of staffers. Fawcett even said in the lawsuit that Kudlow canceled Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) on the show because of his race.