Yesterday, a sexual harassment was filed involving two women who have made allegations about several hosts (and one former reporter) at Fox News. One of the allegations involves Tucker Carlson. The person making the complaint is a former frequent guest on his show named Cathy Areu. According to the complaint, Carlson made a kind of proposition in advance of a Christmas Party that took place in December 2018, about 18 months ago. I’m going to quote most of the complaint against Carlson because nearly all of these details turn out to be important.
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.
After Ms. Areu’s segment was completed, 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…
Following the show, 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.”
Following the show, 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.
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.
So that’s the story. No touching. No specific quotes about what Carlson allegedly said (beyond “make a quick appearance”), but the suggestion that he was trying to invite her to his hotel room.