The Fox News Network's sexual harassment problems continue this week as sports executive Jamie Horowitz is let go from the network following investigations into his misconduct. The investigations began only a week ago.
According to the New York Times, Fox is not giving a specific comment on why Horowitz had been fired, but internal emails hint at the situation: “Everyone at Fox Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to — should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times,” Eric Shanks, the president of Fox Sports, said in an email to employees. “These values are non-negotiable.”
“The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling,” said Patricia Glaser, Horowitz's lawyer, in a statement. “At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct, nor an inability to adhere to professional conduct. Jamie was hired by Fox to do a job, the job that until today he has performed in an exemplary fashion. Any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended.”
“Horowitz’s termination was fully warranted,” an attorney for Fox, Dan Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers, said in a statement Monday afternoon. “[Glaser’s] accusations are ill-informed and misguided.”
An NYT source claims that no legal claims or settlements have been made with regards to this situation.
Sports Illustrated obtained the following testimony from an employee reportedly harassed by Horowitz: “I have been working in sports for a long time, and no one has ever been that bold with me,” said the woman, who remains anonymous. “I saw him at Fox one day, and he said he wanted to catch up. He said we could meet up to talk. The hook was that he could get me more work. Fox HR called me last week. They asked about what had happened. I gave some details and then called back and gave more details. To Fox’s credit they handled it quickly and really pro-active. They went out of their way to contact me.”
It is unclear if Horowitz will take legal action against Fox for breach of contract or if charges will ultimately be pressed against him.
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