Holes Emerge in Cathy Areu’s Lawsuit Against Fox News Hosts Tucker, Sean Hannity

Mediaite reports inconsistencies are emerging in claims made by Cathy Areu, a once-periodic Fox News guest, that she was harassed by some of the network’s biggest names — including prime time anchor Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. New emails obtained by Mediaite shed further light on the case.

In a lawsuit filed on Monday in the Southern District of New York, Areu claims she was harassed by Carlson, Hannity and other employees of the network, and that she was largely barred from appearing after she declined their advances. In an initial response the company said the claims were “completely false.”

Over the last several days, records of Areu’s appearances on the network and other publicly available information has undermined some of her claims. New emails between Areu and the network’s employees seem to add to those concerns.

Even more significantly, eyewitness accounts indicate Carlson’s wife was with him on a key evening when Areu said Carlson promised her he would be alone.

Claim against Sean Hannity

In the lawsuit, Areu claims, she was a “relatively regular” guest on Hannity’s prime-time show until March 8, 2018. “On that day, Mr. Hannity, on set and in front of the entire studio crew – and completely unsolicited – threw $100 on the set desk,” the suit claimed. “He then began calling out to the men in the room and demanding that someone take Ms. Areu out on a date for drinks at Del Friscos. He repeatedly yelled, ‘who wants to take her on a date?’ ‘Take her on a date to Del Friscos.’”

Areu “was completely mortified,” the lawsuit added, “and made clear that she was incredibly uncomfortable with Mr. Hannity’s misogynistic behavior by quietly pleading with one of her friends in the room to accept the money so that the humiliation would end. Thankfully, none of the staff cooperated with Mr. Hannity, even after he repeatedly chided one particular male employee for being ‘afraid to take out a beautiful woman.’”

Emails provided by Fox News and reviewed by Mediaite, appear to show that the male friend Areu referenced actually came to the set that evening at Areu’s invitation.

“Is it ok for me to bring a guest?” Areu apparently wrote in an email to a staffer earlier that day, referring to the guest as “Alex.” She added, “He’s my good luck charm. He does yoga. Very calming. I run. I’m nuts,” before signing the email with a winking face and her name.

The staffer replied: “Haha of course! No problem at all – will add him to the security list,” signing the email with a smiling face.

According to Fox News, which hired an outside firm to investigate Areu’s allegations, Hannity offered Areu and her friend $100 to get drinks next door at Del Friscos after the appearance.

Areu then apparently sent two emails thanking Hannity and his staff. The first, at 10:37 in the evening, said: “Thanks so much for having me on. Way too much fun.”

The second, sent at 6:39 the next morning, included a picture of the martini she said she bought at Del Frisco’s. “Please thank Sean for a fun evening,” Areu wrote. “He shouldn’t have! … but We did exactly as he and Alex’s had bet. Down to the pineapple martini.”