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Fox News has parted ways with legal contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano after a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a production assistant.
“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,” a Fox News Media spokesperson said, according to New York Daily News.
“The network and Judge Napolitano have since parted ways. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously, are committed to providing a safe, transparent, and collaborative work place environment for all our employees, and took immediate, appropriate action,” the statement added.
“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,” the statement concluded.
Breaking: Fox News announces it has parted ways with Judge Napolitano hours after lawsuit filed accusing him of harassing male employees. | Just The News https://t.co/J6GXYurKBj
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) August 3, 2021
On Monday, 27-year-old John Fawcett sued Fox News, claiming that he faced racist and sexist remarks by host Larry Kudlow, sexual harassment by analyst Andrew Napolitano, and a myriad of other allegations.
According to the complaint, Napolitano sexually harassed Fawcet and other young men at the network and Fox News reportedly refused to investigate the claims.
The lawsuit describes Napolitano as a “gay male program host” and alleges that Napolitano has a history of abusing young men.
The lawsuit reads like a TMZ gossip blog. pic.twitter.com/NjaU8eC4Km
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 2, 2021
The lawsuit also makes some shocking allegations against Larry Kudlow, the former economic adviser in the Trump White House.
According to the complaint, Fawcett first started working for Lou Dobbs as a production assistant.
When Dobbs’ show was canceled and taken over by Larry Kudlow, the network allowed Kudlow to “inherit the production team of Mr. Dobbs,” which included Fawcett.
Fawcett alleges that Kudlow “has used ethnic slurs and made sexually inappropriate comments about women in front of multiple staff members, including [Fawcett].”
He also alleges that Kudlow made racist statements about Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), whom he alleges Kudlow did not want to have on his show, as well as Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL).
The gossipy complaint alleges further that Kudlow said he wanted to have a sexual “three-way” with Fox News’ Sandra Smith and allegedly said he enjoyed seeing Fox Business reporter Susan Li while he made sex noises.
“Sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and racial discrimination are still tolerated at Fox,” the lawsuit states. “And Ms. Scott and her executive team will bend over backward to protect such behavior so long as it is perpetrated by senior management or prominent on-air personalities.”
“It was common knowledge that Judge Napolitano sexually harassed young men at Fox News, and it even happened to one of the plaintiff’s co-workers,” the lawsuit claimed.
Fawcett’s lawsuit was filed on Monday in New York at the Manhattan Supreme Court.