EXCLUSIVE: Four more women accuse ‘horn dog’ Ed Henry of sexual misconduct, including one who says the former Fox News anchor hired a private investigator to threaten her into silence after a night together
- Former Fox news producer Jennifer Eckhart and on-air guest Cathy Areu filed a joint lawsuit against the network and Ed Henry for sexual harassment
- In an amended complaint filed Monday in New York City, four more women have come forward to accuse Henry, 49, of sexual misconduct
- The complaint names former sports reporter Roxie Marroquin and Brooke Hammerling, who recount their own experiences with ‘horn dog’ Henry
- Marroquin claims after a night together in 2015, Henry hired a private investigator to follow her and intimidate her into silence
- Hammerling, who owns her own media relations company, claims that Henry made sexual advances toward her almost immediately after they met
- Two Jane Does, who both worked at Fox, agree that ‘Henry’s reputation was well-known at Fox long before the network gave him the boot’
- Jane Doe 1 says she was involved in an ‘abusive relationship’ with Henry that left her with severe depression
- Henry has denied the allegations and sought to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Eckhart and Areu who accused him of rape and sexual misconduct, leading to his firing from the network in July
Four more women have come forward to accuse former Fox News anchor Ed Henry of sexual misconduct and say the network knew of his alleged behavior and looked the other way.
In an amended complaint filed Monday, six women in all, including Henry’s initial accusers Jennifer Eckhart, 31, and Cathy Areu, 49, are ramping up their sexual harassment accusations against him and claiming Fox News knew about the allegations years before he was fired in July.
The complaint names former sports reporter Roxie Marroquin and Brooke Hammerling, who owns her own media relations company, who recount their own experiences with ‘horn dog’ Henry, 49, who has been married since 2010.
It also provides the accounts of two Jane Does, one who is a former senior Fox News producer and the other who is still employed by Fox as an associate producer and claims she was in an ‘abusive relationship’ with Henry.
Both women agree that ‘Henry’s reputation was well-known at Fox long before the network gave him the boot.’ Henry has denied the allegations against him.
In an amended complaint filed Monday in New York, four more women have come forward to accuse Ed Henry of sexual misconduct
Former Fox news producer Jennifer Eckhart (left) and on-air guest Cathy Areu (right) filed a joint lawsuit against the network and Henry for sexual harassment in July
Roxie Marroquin, 30, claims that after a night together in 2015, Henry hired a private investigator to follow her and intimidate her into silence
Brooke Hammerling, who owns her own media relations company, claims that Henry made sexual advances toward her almost immediately after they met
Eckhart’s attorney Michael Willemin said in a statement, ‘The amended complaint lays out how Fox News attempted to bury its head in the sand and refused to take appropriate action to protect its female employees, including Ms. Eckhart, all in the name of its bottom line.
‘The new allegations make clear that Fox News’ blanket denials are untruthful, and we look forward to taking discovery in this case to learn even more.’
The Amended Complaint also alleges that in 2017, a written complaint was filed to senior Fox News executives ‘warning against giving Henry greater profile on air, including as a substitute host and anchor’, according to a former colleague with knowledge of those events.
Former Fox News anchor Ed Henry has been married since 2010 (pictured with wife Shirley) and is seeking to dismiss a rape lawsuit filed by two women that contributed to his termination from the network for sexual misconduct in July
‘The complaint said the prospect of Henry’s greater prominence on Fox was crushing for female colleagues after the network had promised sweeping changes following [Roger] Ailes’ ouster,’ it adds.
One of Henry’s latest alleged victims coming forward in the complaint is Roxie Marroquin, 30, who met with Henry in 2015 with the hopes of having him as a mentor as she tried to break into political reporting.
Marroquin was 25 at the time and asked Mr. Henry to ‘meet up…just as friends of course’.
According to the complaint, ‘Henry, seizing yet another opportunity to take advantage of a young woman, began texting Ms. Marroquin sexual messages, including stating that she had a ”tight body” and ”must have given [her ex-boyfriend] amazing sex.”’
Henry invited her to meet him for a drink at The Wynn hotel in Las Vegas before inviting her to his room. Marroquin says Henry drew a bath and directed Marroquin to join him.
According to Marroquin, ‘I was honestly kind of afraid and frozen. I wasn’t sure what to do in the moment. I felt trapped, in a way, like, ”oh man, did I give this person the wrong impression? What happens if I don’t do this?” It was a lot of emotions. So, I ended up getting in the bathtub. Fully nude. How this happens to a 25-year-old, I can’t explain, besides fear of rejecting him.’
She says Henry began touching her breasts and vagina and asked her to touch him.
Marroquin said that after their interaction Henry feared she would speak about it and hired a private investigator to intimidate her into silence.
She says Henry began demanding to meet up and sent her harassing messages, writing, ‘If you are talking [to a magazine] I am pushing back super hard and pointing out [her ex-boyfriend] so that I tell the truth. Tell me you are not talking or I am going to [the] magazine to push back hard.’
Marroquin told DailyMail.com that she only felt comfortable to come forward after Eckhart and Areu’s lawsuit.
The Amended Complaint also alleges that in 2017, a written complaint was filed to senior Fox News executives ‘warning against giving Henry greater profile on air, including as a substitute host and anchor’, according to a former colleague with knowledge of those events
Another woman coming forward is Brooke Hammerling, who works in media relations and met Henry while he was working for CNN.
Hammerling claims that Henry made sexual advances toward her almost immediately after they met. She said in the amendment that Henry ‘definitely made the moves on me and I said no which was fine; I felt like swatting him away like a fly.
Another woman coming forward is Brooke Hammerling, who works in media relations and met Henry while he was working for CNN
‘He was not someone that would directly impact my job so I didn’t really care. But I was stunned by the openness and the swiftness of the sexual nature of his messages to me.
‘Even when I tried to just brush them off and think he was just a horny little dude… and tr[ied] to keep it professional and email or text I can’t recall… he would always come back with something sexual and perverted.’
Hammerling claims that Henry’s behavior was well-known and when she would mention it to other women in the communications industry, ‘they would knowingly roll their eyes and confirm that he was known to be a ‘horn dog’.’
Jane Doe 1 currently works as an Associate Producer for Fox News in Washington, D.C. where she first met Henry.
According to the complaint, shortly after they met, Henry sent her a picture of his penis and they started a relationship.
‘Despite being warned about Mr. Henry’s lascivious behavior, Ms. Doe 1 entered into a relationship with Mr. Henry, seduced by his senior position and high profile, all enabled by Fox News,’ the documents state.
Jane Doe 1 has described her relationship with Mr. Henry as emotionally abusive. She said that she was ‘taken advantage of because I was much younger than him. There was a power imbalance.’
In one instance, she recalls Henry ‘slapped her face so hard that she began to cry right away’ during sex and said his alleged abusive behavior caused her severe depression.
Finally, Jane Doe 4 is a former Senior Producer at Fox News who previously worked as a news producer at a local station.
‘Henry actually DMed me when I was a LOCAL news producer and 23 years old – I was taken aback but engaged a bit – but when it was clear what he was after I stopped.
‘But then we ended up working together I had to tell him I was going to FOX. No real issues once I was there but I think it’s clear this is his MO. My main takeaway from it was just how reckless he was,’ she recalls in the court documents.
Roxie Marroquin, 30, met Henry in 2015 after hoping to have him as a mentor as she tried to break into political reporting
Marroquin was 25 and asked Mr. Henry to ‘meet up…just as friends of course’ as she was seeking a mentor in journalism
Marroquin said Henry began sending her harassing messages demanding to meet up and writing, ‘If you are talking [to a magazine] I am pushing back super hard and pointing out [her ex-boyfriend] so that I tell the truth. Tell me you are not talking or I am going to [the] magazine to push back hard’
Henry has sought to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Eckhart and Areu who accused him of rape and sexual misconduct, leading to his termination from the network in July.
Henry’s lawyers, led by Catherine Foti, filed two motions late Monday, the deadline to respond to a civil suit alleging a litany of sexual misconduct claims against Henry.
Henry, who has been married since 2010, is seeking to dismiss the parts of the suit that apply to him, calling the two women’s respective rape and sexual misconduct claims ‘malicious and defamatory’.
Eckhart alleged in the suit that Henry raped her and ‘left her injured, bruised and battered, with bloody wrists’ in a New York hotel room ‘sometime in 2017’ and that Fox executives were informed ‘in graphic and specific detail’ about her claim.
She also claimed Henry, 49, handcuffed her and then took naked pictures of her own his cell phone, which she believed he planned to later use to blackmail her.
Areu, meanwhile, accused Henry of sexual harassment, saying he sent her ‘a slew of wildly inappropriate sexual images and messages – which are in her possession’ throughout the first half of 2020.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Henry’s attorneys called the allegations made by Eckhart, who left the network in June, ‘nothing more than Ms. Eckhart’s attempt to grab the gold ring after she was fired from her job at Fox, a decision which had absolutely nothing to so do with Mr. Henry.’
Of Areu, they added: ‘Cathy Areu, whose employment was rejected by Fox, simply jumped on Ms. Eckhart’s bandwagon with flimsy and baseless claims, and Mr. Henry has been caught in the crossfire. As a frequent Fox guest, she knew that Mr. Henry had no authority to offer her a position there.’
In his motions, Henry argues that it was actually Eckhart who pursued sexual relations with him. He disclosed a number of apparent interactions he shared with Eckhart in which he claim she sent him ‘come-hither’ text messages.
In her original filing, Eckhart described how Henry ‘preyed upon, manipulated and groomed’ her ‘at the young age of 24 by exerting his abuse of power over her and her career’
Henry’s lawyers also argue that Fox declined to hire Areu (above) for a position at the network and she joined Eckhart’s lawsuit with ‘flimsy and baseless claims.’ Henry’s motion aimed at Areu argues that she ‘takes a parsimonious approach’ to justifying her claims by quoting only ‘selective examples’ of messages exchanged with Henry
‘The erotic and encouraging text messages she sent Mr. Henry (including one instructing Mr. Henry to ‘come and get it’), along with the salacious and explicit pictures of herself, clearly demonstrate that Mr. Henry never assaulted her and that Ms. Eckhart pursued a consensual relationship with him,’ Henry’s lawyer wrote in the filing.
Eckhart began working as a Freelance Administrative Assistant for Liz Chapman, a Fox Business anchor, in January 2013.
In her original filing, Eckhart described how Henry ‘preyed upon, manipulated and groomed’ her ‘at the young age of 24 by exerting his abuse of power over her and her career’.
She said the incident began when Henry started following her on Twitter sometime in 2014, when she was 24.
However, Henry contends the first contact he had with Eckhart was actually on December 18, 2013, when she replied to a tweet he had posted about the movie Anchorman 2.
Henry, who worked in a different department to Eckhart at the time, claims he had no idea who she was or that she worked at Fox. Still, the pair shared a brief exchange and Henry then followed her back on Twitter.