Courtesy : Deadline
After what seemed like a pitstop in the case of sexual misconduct allegations against Tyrus, things are moving forward yet again. In a recent statement, Fox News revealed that it has conducted a second investigation into the sexual misconduct claims made by Fox Nation host, Britt McHenry against colleague and former wrestler, Tyrus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, In June, the network said that "this situation was independently investigated and we consider the matter resolved."
But, in response to a sexual harassment complaint filed by McHenry's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, with New York State's Division of Human Rights, Fox News revealed the new investigation.
"As we previously said, this matter was immediately and thoroughly investigated by an outside law firm charged with providing independent factual findings and recommendations for action based on the evidence," the network said in a statement. "All protocols were followed; the recommendations we received were appropriate and promptly implemented. Since then, we voluntarily engaged a second outside investigator to look at any additional evidence presented and to review the first investigator’s findings/recommendations in light of any evidence. Again, all protocols were followed and the second set of recommendations fully affirmed the first set."
The network's statement continued: "We respect the confidentiality of our employees and their involvement in any HR process and therefore will not comment on the results of either independent investigation. We will, however, defend the administrative charge filed in the New York State Division of Human Rights.”
McHenry, a former ESPN personality, has alleged that Tyrus, a retired wrestler, sent her sexually suggestive text messages and behaved inappropriately toward her in person.
But Tyrus continues to host his own show called 'Nuff Said on the Fox News Media streaming service. The two were originally paired as co-hosts of the show UN-PC, which McHenry still hosts.
When the nature of McHenry's allegations first surfaced, Fox News said in a statement, "While we are not at liberty to discuss the details of any employee matter, we follow strict protocols when matters such as these are brought to our attention, and we make no exceptions."
McHenry originally worked with attorney Douglas Wigdor, who has parried legally with Fox News before, but then switched to Bloom.
"Proud to represent Britt McHenry as we litigate her sexual harassment claims against Fox News," Bloom wrote on Twitter. "Fox's false public statement omits important facts. We demand that Fox release Britt to respond with the truth. The era of silencing victims must come to an end."
"Always stay strong," McHenry tweeted late Thursday night. "When truth is on your side, you can never go wrong."