Ed Henry Is Not The First Fox News Employee Accused Of Horrific Abuse Of Women
Former Fox News anchor Ed Henry was accused earlier this year of sexually harassing and abusing women, but he is not the first Fox News employee to face such accusations.
Roger Ailes, former Fox chairman and CEO, was publicly accused during a sexual harassment investigation of controlling and abusing women.
- CNN’s Alisyn Camerota wrote in Vanity Fair last year of her own experience with Ailes’ sexual harassment and manipulation when she worked at Fox News.
- When Camerota asked for a shot on the anchor desk, Ailes “replied that we’d have to get to know each other better, to work more closely together, one-on-one. In order to do that, and to avoid arousing jealousy among other anchors, it might be best to meet somewhere off-site, like, say, a hotel.”
- Years before Camerota wrote her story, Ailes was accused by former Fox host Gretchen Carlson and at least 20 other women of sexual misconduct.
- Ailes ultimately resigned in disgrace in July 2016.
Dr. Keith Ablow, a former contributor to Fox News, was accused by three female patients of sexual abuse, according to The Boston Globe.
- According to the sworn affidavit, Ablow had encouraged his patients to trust and rely on him by sending him even the most trivial things that other therapists would not require. Then Ablow coaxed them into humiliating sexual activities, saying, “I own you,” to show his “ownership” of the woman.
- Three women who worked for Ablow also agreed to file affidavits, suing Ablow for sexually harassing them.
- Ablow denied the allegations in these lawsuits, saying, “I look forward to the court proceedings and will continue to offer excellent care to any patient who needs my help.”
- What Ablow did for the women “was sadomasochistic, anti-therapeutic, and constitutes a perverse use of his status and power,” said Andrea Celenza, a psychoanalyst who interviewed the plaintiffs and reviewed their medical records as an expert witness hired by the women.
Bill O’Reilly, a former Fox News anchor, was accused of physically abusing his ex-wife, according to Politico.
- Larry Cohen, a court-appointed psychologist, told the court in 2014 that O’Reilly’s daughter had seen “an incident where I believe she said her dad was choking her mom or had his hands around her neck and dragged her down some stairs.”
- O’Reilly denied the allegations, saying, “All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false.”