Judge Andrew Napolitano Leaves Fox News Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations From Male Staffers
Judge Andrew Napolitano, who emerged as an unlikely critic of former president Donald Trump, is out at Fox News amidst allegations that he sexually harassed male staffers.
27-year-old Fox News associate producer John Fawcett filed a complaint on Monday alleging that Napolitano harassed him as well as other employees of the network. He claims Fox News executives knew of the harassment but looked the other way.
It also contains allegations that Judge Napolitano had been engaged in this sort of lewd behavior since his days on the bench.
“In September of 2020, South Carolina resident Charles Corbishley alleged that Judge Napolitano coerced him to perform oral sex during the 1980s, when he was a criminal defendant in Judge Napolitano’s court. According to Mr. Corbishley, Judge Napolitano offered him a more lenient sentence in exchange for oral sex,” the complaint states.
Fox News claimed in a statement to Variety that they “immediately investigated the claims and addressed the matter with both parties.” Napolitano, who had been employed with Fox News for over 20 years, is no longer with the network.
“The network and Judge Napolitano have since parted ways. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously, are committed to providing a safe, transparent, and collaborative workplace environment for all our employees and took immediate, appropriate action,” Fox News said in a statement about the matter.
Big League Politics has reported on how Judge Napolitano turned on his long-time friend Donald Trump shortly after he became the president:
“Once a good friend to Donald Trump, Judge Andrew Napolitano has transformed among his most biting critics since his 2017 suspension. He predictably trashed Attorney General Bill Barr on Fox News after he was grilled yesterday by angry Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I don’t think it went very well for him,” Napolitano said during an appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto. “I think the impression he created of misleading Congress, he created yet again.”
Napolitano suggested that Barr’s rationale for not charging Trump with obstruction was flawed, and the fact that Trump never committed any crime was immaterial to the case.
“Bill Barr has a very unique interpretation of the obstruction statute… His view is it’s impossible to obstruct justice if you’re being investigated for a crime you didn’t commit,” Napolitano said.
Despite the fact that there is no evidence showing that Trump committed any type of Russian collusion, Napolitano believes Trump should be charged anyway.
“The obstruction of justice statute says, ‘Whoever for a corrupt purpose impedes or attempts to impede an investigation or a judicial proceeding shall be guilty of obstruction.’ It doesn’t matter if you committed the underlying crime,” he said.“
Napolitano’s fall from grace has been precipitous and unfortunate. It is unknown whether the libertarian speaking circuit will even accept him at this point.