Ex-Fox Host Entering ‘Revenge Porn’ Into Public Record To Intimidate Accuser

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Ed Henry included more than a dozen salacious and explicit images of his alleged victim in a recent court filing.

Former Fox News host Ed Henry has been accused of “slut-shaming” his alleged rape victim after after attaching 15 salacious and explicit images to a recent court filing as he tries to have a sexual abuse lawsuit against him dismissed, according to The Daily Beast.

“That Defendant Henry would double down on his abusive conduct by engaging in this kind of blatant victim shaming is simply abhorrent,” Michael J. Willemin, attorney for Henry’s accuser, former Fox Business reporter/producer Jennifer Eckhart, wrote in a letter Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, who is overseeing the case. “[I]t is obvious that Defendant Henry chose to publicly file such personal and intimate images of Eckhart to humiliate and retaliate against her for her decision to speak out against his sexual abuse.”

  • Willemin also wrote to the judge that although an emergency stay temporarily sealed Henry’s filing, he is preparing “a formal application to Your Honor.”
  • The Daily Beast noted that Henry’s filing has already generated significant publicity, and that several of the photos have already leaked and were shared on Twitter.
  • In a statement to the news outlet, Eckhart responded to Henry’s latest legal maneuver:

“Rape is rape, and can never be ‘justified’ or ‘excused.’ The fact that Ed Henry, a married man who is 20 years older than me—with a teenage daughter, no less—released images of me to use as his ‘defense’ for violently raping me should tell America everything they need to know about him. My abuser used his position of power at Fox News to try to manipulate and gather what he knew could be used against me as blackmail. I can only hope that none of his other victims are subjected to these types of tasteless, vicious and cowardly attacks.”

Eckhart added: “Sexual predators like Ed Henry are experts at coercion and collecting blackmail on victims to keep them silent. His disgusting and degrading tactic did not work on me as I am no longer afraid of him.”

  • According to the report, Eckhart also disputes that some of the images are of her, saying: “It appears Ed Henry and his legal team intended to mislead the court and the public by submitting pictures that aren’t even of me, by falsely claiming them to be me in order to cause harm and humiliation.”
  • She added that along with being unethical, Henry’s decision to include the photos “may be in violation of the New York Cyber Sexual Abuse Law.”

Fox News fired Henry on July 1, six days after the company investigated Eckhart’s claims brought to it by the law firm Wigdor LLC. Eckhart’s lawsuit was filed later that month. A spokesperson for Fox News, which remains a defendant in the suit, declined to comment. Fox News filed its own motion to dismiss the lawsuit Monday night, arguing that the right-leaning cable channel “cannot be held liable for Ed Henry’s alleged misconduct.”

Read the full report.

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