Another Fox News On-Air Talent Canceled After Sexual Harassment Allegation
Yet another Fox News on-air contributor has been fired after being accused of sexual harassment. Andrew Napolitano, the former New Jersey judge who was a frequent commentator on legal matters, is alleged to have sexually harassed Fox Business production assistant John Fawcett in an elevator in 2019. It also alleges that senior Fox executives were aware of the misconduct but refused to take any action.
Fox News issued the following terse statement:
“Upon first learning of John Fawcett’s allegations against Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Media immediately investigated the claims and addressed the matter with both parties. The network and Judge Napolitano have since parted ways.”
Fawcett also alleges that Napolitano also harassed other male employees, but HR also declined to investigate those incidents.
This isn’t the first time that Napolitano has been accused of sexual misconduct. In November of last year a Sussex County, New Jersey county man filed a $15 million lawsuit against the former judge alleging that the Fox New contributor attempted to rape him and offered him legal services in exchange for sexual favors.
James Kruzelnick is a Wantage resident who says he frequently waited on Napolitano at the Mohawk House restaurant in Sparta, N.J. He alleges in his suit that Napolitano sexually assaulted him between 2014 and 2017 and used the promise of legal advice to pressure Kruzelnick into performing sex acts.
Kruzelnick is the second man last November to sue Napolitano alleging sexual assault. Charles Corbishley, a South Carolina resident who stood in Napolitano’s Hackensack court on criminal charges in the 1980s, accused Napolitano of forcing him to perform oral sex in return for a more lenient sentence.
“We see a disturbing pattern emerging of Napolitano sexually assaulting much younger men and then using his power and influence to silence these victims,” Bennitta Joseph, Kruzelnick’s attorney, said in a statement.