Former Fox News personality Ed Henry is suing NPR and CNN for defamation over an alleged ‘fake news attack’ to destroy his career.
Statement from Ty Clevenger, counsel for Plaintiff Ed Henry:
“My client, Ed Henry, is a journalist’s journalist who won the top award for excellence in White House coverage twice, so he reluctantly brings this action. But there is no excuse for sloppy, reckless journalism that smears him or anyone else. CNN and NPR will be held accountable for what they’ve done to Ed, and given their animosity toward Fox News, I suspect they will be serving a lot of interesting subpoenas on Fox.”
An excerpt from complain is below:
(A) Background Information.
- Ed Henry, a former White House correspondent for CNN and Fox News, cohosted the popular Fox News program “America’s Newsroom” until June 25, 2020, when he was blindsided by false allegations of sexual assault. He and his accuser, Jennifer Eckhart, had a consensual relationship while they were employed by different divisions
of the Fox corporation, but that relationship ended in early 2017. For more than three years thereafter, she never suggested to anyone that he assaulted her, even when she was expressly asked about sexual assault or harassment during an exit interview on June 12, 2020, the day that she was fired from her job at the Fox Business Network. To this day, she has not mustered any corroborating evidence to support the allegation; instead, all of
the evidence shows that her allegations are false. Worse, Ms. Eckhart deliberately concealed and misrepresented evidence, and she did so as part of an extortion scheme targeting Mr. Henry and Fox News. As a result of her false allegations, Mr. Henry was fired by Fox News on July 1, 2020.