Fox News host Britt McHenry claims her co-host, former pro wrestler Tyrus, subjected her to a never-ending onslaught of sexual harassment at work, according to a new lawsuit.
McHenry claims Tyrus — whose real name is George Murdoch — started badgering her soon after they began co-hosting the “Un-PC” talk show last year.
Not long after, the 46-year-old began blowing up McHenry’s phone with lewd messages, and even threatened to send her an image of his genitals.
“I love your legs // F–k them your beautiful I love that picture // Is it creepy how I look at you ??? // FYI you’ll need those legs to escape from me in Montana // I please especially on your knees hotness,” Murdoch allegedly texted her on Nov. 2, 2018.
“I’ll show you what it mean to be bad Brittany Mc Henry // D–k pic coming in 5 sec!!!!” the lawsuit claims he texted her days later, on Nov. 5.
The complaint details a series of other messages from Murdoch between October and December, including: “keep being negative and I’ll send you another d–k pic.”
The 33-year-old says she went to Human Resources to complain, and was asked what she did to provoke Murdoch.
“After payouts of over $100 million in recent sexual harassment scandals, Fox News publicly says it now has ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual harassment,” the court papers read. “This is a dangerous lie. In practice, Fox News remains a sanctuary for sexual harassers, coddling and enabling the men who abuse female employees.”
“The only ‘zero tolerance’ Fox News has demonstrated is for the woman who complained about the sexual harassment four times — refusing to investigate some of her claims, shunning her, shutting her out of company events, and refusing to allow her on Fox News Channel shows,” says the lawsuit.
The court papers claim the network determined no harassment had taken place, after investigators decided that McHenry had failed to turn over two text messages she allegedly sent Murdoch, showing her cleavage.
“These photos and text messages are fraudulent, doctored, and not of Ms. McHenry. A simple Google Image search shows that the first image was taken from a website and the woman depicted was not Ms. McHenry,” according to the lawsuit.
Since her complaints, McHenry claims she’s been iced out of opportunities, while Murdoch has flourished at the network.
“Ms. McHenry’s allegations have been fully investigated and we are confident our actions will be deemed entirely appropriate in litigation. We expect all of her claims to be dismissed,” a spokeswoman for Fox News said in a statement.
Murdoch — who tweeted a gif from “Goodfellas” of Ray Liotta laughing hysterically following news of the lawsuit — declined to comment, instead directly inquiries to his defense team.
Lawyer Tom Clare said his client would now be pursing his own legal action against his former co-host, citing defamation.
“It’s telling that Vanity Fair, TMZ, and other outlets reported on the lawsuit before McHenry’s lawyers contacted us about it,” Clare said in a statement. “Tyrus denies the allegations in the lawsuit and will be defending it vigorously. He looks forward to having a public forum in the court system to clear his name from the smear campaign that has been waged against him in the media.”