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Cathy Areu ‘appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show after claims’

A former guest sent an email thanking Fox News anchor Sean Hannity for paying for drinks after he allegedly sexually harassed her.

In a lawsuit filed on Monday in New York, Cathy Areu alleged that Sean Hannity offered to pay one of his staff members $100 to take her on a date and that Tucker Carlson invited her to a hotel room, implying his wife wouldn’t be there. 

She claims that her refusal to ‘play along’ led to her rarely, if ever, being invited back to either of their programs. 

However, the network says that Hannity gave Areu, 49, money so she and her friend, who was watching her tape her segment, could get drinks at a steakhouse next door.

In emails provided to Fox News and seen by Mediaite, Areu appears to ask a staffer to thank Hannity for the round.

‘Please thank Sean for a fun evening. He shouldn’t have! … but We did exactly as he and Alex’s had bet. Down to the pineapple martini,’ she wrote. 

In her claim against Hannity, 58, Areu says he allegedly threw $100 on a desk telling men in the studio to take her out on a date on 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 reads. 

‘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.”‘

Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse in an elegant three-level steakhouse across the street from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

Areu said she was very uncomfortable with the behavior and allegedly pleaded with one of her friends ‘to accept the money so that the humiliation would end’.

None of the staffers took the money, but Hannity reportedly nagged one of his male employees for being ‘afraid to take out a beautiful woman’.

However, the emails show the friend mentioned in the lawsuit is the one she asked to bring.  

She claimed her friend, Alex, was her ‘good luck charm’ and is ‘very calming.’    

Fox News, which hired an outside firm to investigate the allegations, said that Hannity offered Areu and her friend $100 to get drinks at Del Frisco after her appearance on the show.

Areu then sent two emails thanking Hannity and staff members, the first at 10.37pm reading: ‘Thanks so much for having me on. Way too much fun.’

The second was sent at 6.39am the following day and included a picture of a martini she says she ordered at Del Frisco’s. 

‘Please thank Sean for a fun evening. He shouldn’t have! … but We did exactly as he and Alex’s had bet. Down to the pineapple martini,’ she wrote.

Areu claims that her failure to ‘play along’ resulted in her rarely being invited back to Hannity, but Fox News said she appeared on the show nine times between March 8, 2018, and July 3, 2019.

Of that number, Fox says five occurred in the four months following the alleged incident.   

During one of these appearances, Fox said Areu thanked Hannity for the drinks, and he that he gave her money again for another round of drinks.

In her claim against Carlson, 51, Areu says she was harassed during her ‘final 2018 appearance’ on his show.

‘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,’ the suit stated.

According to Mediaite and The Spectator, Areu’s final 2018 appearance on Carlson’s program took place on November 30 but the network’s annual Christmas party took place on December 10. 

Areu’s attorney Michael Willemin told Mediaite his client must have been thinking of a smaller Christmas party for Carlson’s staff than for all of Fox News.  

Her suit also claims that Carlson told her ‘he would be staying alone in his hotel room without any wife or kids.’

But Fox News told Mediaite that Carlson hosted the Tucker Carlson Tonight Christmas party with his wife, and stayed with her in a hotel that evening. 

‘[Areu] didn’t go to the party so she can’t say who was there, but certainly stands by what he told her,’ Willemin told Mediate. 

The lawsuit claims that after Areu indicated she wasn’t incident, she was only featured on his show only a handful times between 2019 and 2020. 

This is after she allegedly appeared as a guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight at least 17 times in 2018. 

But Fox News told Mediaite that Areu appeared on Carlson’s program four times in the four months following the  alleged incident.

‘There is zero evidence of retaliation,’ the network said.    

The complaint, according to Areu’s attorneys, concede Fox’s point that she returned as a guest, but disagrees that the reason behind her number of appearances severely dropping wasn’t due to retribution.

The federal suit filed on Monday also includes as a plaintiff Jennifer Eckhart, a former associate producer at Fox Business. 

Eckhart, 31, claims former Fox News anchor, Ed Henry, raped her in 2017 after trying to coerce her into a sexual relationship

Henry – who has been married since 2010 – denied the allegations in the lawsuit in a statement on Monday and claimed his relationship with Eckhart was consensual. 

Areu also claims she was sexually harassed by Henry, 49, and journalists Howard Kurtz and Gianno Caldwell. 

Fox said that Areu asked Caldwell ‘many times for advice on how to obtain a contract like Caldwell’s with Fox News’ and that he attempted to help her in a ‘professional courtesy.’

The network added he also did not give her the contact information of Ann Coulter, someone Areu allegedly wanted to meet, despite ‘aggressive’ attempts.

Regarding Kurtz, she asked him about how to get a full-time job at Fox, according to Mediaiate.

Kurtz allegedly texted Areu: ‘I’m just at my hotel making calls. Can you come to the Muse lobby at 7:15?’

She reportedly declined and asked to meet over dinner, but then Kurtz declined.

Fox News said that Kurtz stated he had no intention to bring her to his hotel room and merely wanted to chat with her in the lobby. 

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