Petition Emerges To Suspend Shep Smith From Fox News Amid Sex Assault Allegation
Fox News daytime anchor Shep Smith is facing intense backlash after Big League Politics published an audiotaped interview with John Doe #1, a 35-year old man who describes Smith sexually attacking him in New York City in 2004. Smith did not immediately stop his aggression as the alleged victim tried to fight Smith off, according to John Doe #1’s account of the incident.
A petition at Ourstand.org states its mission: “Demand Fox News Suspend Shep Smith to Investigate Sexual Assault Claim.”
The petition reads: “According to a new bombshell report from BigLeaguePolitics, Shep Smith has been accused of Sexual Assault by a man. Fox News has been fast to suspend allies of President Trump, such as Judge Jeanine for merely expressing her opinion on Ilhan Omar.In addition in July of 2017, Fox News suspended Charles Payne for having a sexual assault allegation against him. Payne was later found to be innocent and reinstated, but not before an investigation. In order for Fox News to not show hypocrisy and treat Anti-Trump Shep Smith like others, we believe Shep Smith should be immediately suspended to investigate the claim against him.”
The petition’s anti-Smith comments include, from Marilyn J: “Charles Payne was suspended. Judge Jeanine is suspended and she didn’t sexually assault anyone. Fair is fair. Smith should be gone for good. I always turn him off when I see his show come on. He is disgusting just to look at.”
The petition has already racked up 849 signatures as of early morning Monday press time.
A man told his story to Big League Politics about an encounter with Fox News host Shep Smith in 2004 in New York City. The man describes how he woke up with Smith on top of him with his tongue down his throat, how he tried to push the Fox host off him, and how Smith lunged at him three or four more times while continuing to force the unwanted physical encounter.
In a revelatory interview with Neil McCabe for Big League Politics, John Doe #1, 35, says that Smith took advantage of him. Here is audio from the interview:
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John Doe #1 says he met up with Smith at the now defunct Nation bar in Manhattan, a spot Smith used to frequent to play Golden Tee and hang out when he was not on the Fox airwaves.
“I wake up, and Shepard is on top of me, like, in a towel or a bathrobe. And he’s got his tongue down my throat and his hands all over me. Completely uninvited. I mean, I gave him no signal. There was nothing,” John Doe #1 says in the interview — excerpts of which are presented in audio form above.
“I had also volunteered to sleep in the spare, so it wasn’t — I never invited myself to his bedroom,” John Doe #1 said.
“I pushed him off. I was like, ‘Dude what are you doing?’ And he’s like, ‘what you don’t like it?’ There was like this, kind of like No!, and he kept going, he kept pushing. Like, pushing his hands on all these spots,” John Doe #1 said.
“He was just on top of me,” John Doe #1 said, calling the experience “definitely shocking.” John Doe #1 noted that “he finally stopped, but it took a lot of — it wasn’t just an immediate no, and then everything was like, so sorry.”
John Doe #1 said that Shep Smith lunged at him “three or four more times” after the initial attack.
John Doe #1 noted another moment in the kitchen, while John Doe #1 was getting ready to leave, when Smith grabbed him and put his tongue down his throat after the initial incident.
Fox News has not responded to an inquiry for this report.