Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tucker Carlson Alluded To A 20-Year-Old False Charge, But "Forgot" To Mention He Was Named In A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Last July; Carlson Was "Pissed Off" After Gaetz Appeared To Implicate Him In Possible Sex Trafficking Crimes

Last night, Florida representative Matt Gaetz (Q-Sedition) scampered into the welcoming arms of the Fox network to dissemble about the just-reported federal investigation into whether he violated federal sex trafficking laws. Gaetz maintained the report was some sort of extortion plot, though if Gaetz is as squeaky clean as he says, if he's innocent of all statutory rape and sex trafficking charges, over what exactly is he claiming he's being extorted?

Gaetz presumably went to Fox for a softball interview in which he could lie and deflect with abandon. I have no doubt he lied and deflected, but much of the interview careened wildly off the rails. At one point, Gaetz told Carlson: "I'm not the only person on screen right now who has been falsely accused of a terrible sex act. You were accused of something you did not do."

Carlson replied: "You just referred to a mentally ill viewer who accused me of a sex crime 20 years ago, and of course it was not true. I had never met the person."

Gaetz may not have been thinking of that false claim. It seems more likely that he was referring to a July 2020 lawsuit brought by two women alleging sexual misconduct against four Fox employees, including Carlson, Sean Hannity, Howard Kurtz, and Ed Henry.

The suit alleges Henry (the network's former chief national correspondent) manipulated and groomed an associate producer at Fox to be his "sex slave". He allegedly sexually assaulted her at work and raped her in a hotel. Fox fired Henry shortly after the suit became public.

A second woman, a regular guest on Hannity's show, alleges that in March 2018, Hannity sexually harassed her in front of the entire studio crew. In December 2018, Carlson made suggestive comments "probing to see whether [she] was interested in a sexual relationship".

Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Alies was forced to resign in 2016 after 23 women accused him of sexual harassment.


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