Gaping holes have emerged in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Cathy Areu, a periodic Fox News guest, against Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Even the mainstream media can’t ignore them.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday in the Southern District of New York, Areu claims she was harassed by Carlson, Hannity and other employees of the network, and that she was largely barred from appearing after she declined their advances. In an initial response the company said the claims were “completely false.”
Over the last several days, records of Areu’s appearances on the network and other publicly available information has undermined some of her claims. New emails between Areu and the network’s employees seem to add to those concerns.
Even more significantly, eyewitness accounts indicate Carlson’s wife was with him on a key evening when Areu said Carlson promised her he would be alone.
Areu claimed that Hannity humiliated her with a “misogynist” display on March 8, 2018, when he allegedly flashed a $100 bill to the set crew demanding one of the men dare to ask her for drinks on his dime. She claimed she was “completely mortified” and barred from appearing on his show again after falling to play along.
However, an email chain between Areu and one of Hannity’s staffers reveals a very different story. According to outside investigators hired by Fox News, Hannity offered Areu and her friend, who accompanied her to the studio, $100 to get drinks next door. She even promptly followed up with a thank you email, complete with a photograph of a pineapple martini. Instead of being barred from Hannity’s program, Areu made nine more appearances with Hannity and guest hosts.
Areu also claimed Tucker Carlson propositioned her after a December 10, 2018 appearance on his show during Fox News’ annual Christmas party. But her last appearance on Carlson’s show that year was on November 30 when no company event took place.