‘Liberal Sherpa’ sues Tucker Carlson, claims he ‘sexually harassed her’ – by taking his jacket off on set

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In what could be construed as frivolous, Tucker Carlson has been named among other Fox News figures in a lawsuit that alleges Carlson made some suggestively inviting comments to engage in promiscuity with a former guest on his show, Cathy Areu.

The suit in question makes some pretty wild accusations, but the alleged actions that Carlson engaged in and the manner in which they were described to be worthy of civil damages are…well…laughable.

In the section dedicated to Carlson on the suit, Areu notes that she appeared several times on the show during 2017 and 2018:

“In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Areu appeared on a very frequent basis on Tucker Carlson Tonight (17 times, at least, in 2018 alone). Ms. Areu’s final 2018 appearance on the show was in December 2018. That show was filmed live in New York City and Mr. Carlson was in New York City at the studio.”

So, in this complaint, one of the first exaggerations noted was that Areu was “tied to her chair” – due to the microphone on her lapel that was also affixed to the chair.

The suit says:

“One of Mr. Carlson’s producers or writers whispered in Ms. Areu’s ear, while she was on set trying to get out of the chair, and told her that Mr. Carlson wanted her to stay until the very end of the show to chat with him.

“Ms. Areu had no choice but to comply with Mr. Carlson’s request due to the fact that she was on live television while tied to her chair with a microphone on her that was attached to the chair. Ms. Areu was also wearing an earpiece that the tech crew refused to take off.”

If you look at the specific verbiage such as “tied to her chair,” and “had no choice but to comply,” you can see the tone that is trying to be set with the lawsuit.

The suit then continues to allege that Areu “could not leave the chair or studio,” because a tech wouldn’t take out her earpiece.

Honestly, if someone wanted to leave an interview (and there have been countless live TV instances when people just left interviews abruptly), there’s nothing stopping someone from removing an earpiece and lapel mic. One is literally clipped on a shirt and the other is like an ear bud.

And the lawsuit gets better, because Areu claims she was subjected to a striptease of sorts – when Carlson dared to remove a suit jacket on set and put on another suit jacket over his shirt:

“Mr. Carlson changed on set into his leather jacket for the annual Christmas party that he told Ms. Areu he would only be attending for approximately 10 minutes to, ‘make a quick appearance.’”

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Thereafter, the suit claims that Carlson may have been alluding to having a little alone time with Areu:

“Mr. Carlson, hardly making any effort to hide his intentions, began telling Ms. Areu that he would be alone in New York City that night, and specifically said that he would be staying alone in his hotel room without any wife or kids.”

According to the suit, Areu rejected Carlson’s implied advances and that she was “retaliated against” since she only appeared three more times on his show and hasn’t been on back since:

“Without question, Mr. Carlson was probing to see whether Ms. Areu was interested in a sexual relationship.

Ms. Areu awkwardly sidestepped Mr. Carlson’s advances and declined to spend the night at his hotel. Mr. Carlson promptly retaliated against Ms. Areu, who was featured on his show only three times in 2019 and has not appeared once in 2020.”

Perhaps she wasn’t invited back to the show because of ridiculous comments like referring to babies as “theybies” – since you wouldn’t want to offend their gender identity that hasn’t formed yet.

Or perhaps that one 2018 segment where she argued that words like “mailman” are sexist language. Don’t forget how she championed when colleges brought in “cry closets” for students stressed about finals.

A Fox News spokesperson responded to the lawsuit, stating the following: 

“Based on the findings of a comprehensive independent investigation conducted by an outside law firm, including interviews with numerous eyewitnesses, we have determined that all of Cathy Areu’s claims against FOX News, including its management as well as its hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity & Howard Kurtz and its contributor Gianno Caldwell, are false, patently frivolous and utterly devoid of any merit.”

It’s painfully obvious that the show simply didn’t want to host the “Liberal Sherpa” any longer, and to bring about a lawsuit alleging retaliation seems a bit of a far cry based upon evidence at hand.

But, we all know this isn’t about a lawsuit – it’s a means to weaponize a civil suit to create a headline and a character attack.

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