Cathy Areu also accusing Gianno Caldwell of trying to coerce her into dating him

According to her sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, where she also accuses Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, Cathy Areu is accusing Fox News analyst Gianno Caldwell of trying to use his friendship with Ann Coulter to coerce her into dating her.

According to the lawsuit, Caldwell tried to get together for lunch and mentioned he knows Ann Coulter.

When Areu asked, “Can I take you two for lunch,” Gianno Caldwell responded, “Take me to lunch.”

From the lawsuit:

[Read the full lawsuit here]

153. Gianno Caldwell is a Fox News Political Analyst based in Miami, Florida. On May 31, 2020, Mr. Caldwell texted Ms. Areu a video of him together with Ann Coulter, a far-right media pundit who regularly appears on Fox News. The video depicted Ms. Coulter being swarmed by media. Mr. Caldwell wrote, “Ann is my friend.”

154. Mr. Caldwell, who knew that Ms. Areu would have loved the opportunity to meet and work with Ms. Coulter, used this fact to attempt to coerce Ms. Areu into dating him.

155. Indeed, right after he sent the video, he wrote, “I had no idea you were here [inFlorida]. We def need to get together.”

156. Ms. Areu ignored Mr. Caldwell’s request and deflected by making a joke about how famous Ms. Coulter is (“I didn’t know she was that famous. I get asked for selfies at Publix milk aisle. That’s about it.”).

157. Mr. Caldwell, either not getting the hint or not caring, responded, “I live in Brickell.”

158. Ms. Areu again brought the conversation back to business and told Mr. Caldwell that she would love to be invited to meet Ms. Coulter next time Mr. Caldwell saw her (“I’d love to be invited next time! Liberal Sherpa and Ann Coulter and Gianno Caldwell would bring peace and unity to all.”)

159. Mr. Caldwell responded, “Dope!” Mr. Caldwell then made clear that the “price” to meet Ms. Coulter would be a date with Mr. Caldwell

160. Specifically, Ms. Areu asked, “Can I take you two for lunch,” and Mr. Caldwell responded, “Take me to lunch.”

161. Ms. Areu ignored this request as well, and Mr. Caldwell never introduced her to Ms. Coulter

Fox News has issued the following statement on former guest Cathy Areu’s lawsuit and sexual assault claims against Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Gianno Caldwell.

From Howard Kurtz:

Here’s the Fox News statement on today’s lawsuit: “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…” 1/3

“…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. We take all claims of harassment, misconduct and retaliation seriously,…” 2/3

“…promptly investigating them and taking immediate action as needed — in this case, the appropriate action based on our investigation is to defend vigorously against these baseless allegations.” 3/3 of Fox News statement

Full Statement:

Cathy Areu’s speaking reel: