CNN:- Fox News said Wednesday that Ed Henry, one of its top news anchors, had been fired after the network received a complaint last week of sexual harassment from years ago.
“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace wrote in an email to employees.
Scott and Wallace said that Henry was “suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities” while a third-party law firm investigated the matter.
“Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated,” they said.
Scott and Wallace said that “rotating anchors” will fill in for Henry, who served as co-anchor of the channel’s morning show “America’s Newsroom,” until a permanent replacement is named.
“Fox News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination,” Scott and Wallace said. “We will continue striving to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.”
Henry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The high-profile attorney Douglas Wigdor, who has represented several women who have filed lawsuits against Fox News, said in a statement Wednesday morning that he is representing Henry’s accuser.
Wigdor said that he wasn’t “presently at liberty to share further information.”
News of Henry’s swift firing stunned Fox News employees who learned of the sudden termination over email, people at the network told CNN Business.
Henry joined Fox in 2011 after seven years at CNN. He covered the Obama administration as Fox’s chief White House correspondent.
He later helmed much of the network’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
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