Amber Athey, a Washington editor and journalist for The Spectator says a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Tucker Carlson by Cathy Areu, a one-time frequent guest on the conservative host’s Fox News program, is “riddled with inaccuracies” that raise questions about “the veracity of its claims.”
During her final 2018 appearance on Carlson’s show, Areu alleges she was kept on set by a tech crew so that Carlson could invite her to a hotel room where he was staying that night without his family. Areu claims the proposition occurred in advance of a Christmas Party that took place in December 2018.
But an investigation by Amber Athey that was detailed in an article for The Spectator, discovered that Tucker Carlson did not host his program on the date upon which Areu’s alleges the harassment took place.
Further, Athey told the Hammer and Nigel Show Wednesday afternoon that Tucker Carlson’s wife was with him at the Fox News Christmas party on the evening Areu claims the conservative commentator sexually harassed her by saying he would “be alone.”
“[Tucker Carlson] attended the entire party with [his wife],” said Athey. “So Cathy’s claim that Tucker told her he was going to be staying alone in his hotel room that night without his wife and kids seems very suspect.”
Athey confirmed that lawyers for Cathy Areu admitted in a conversation with The Spectator that errors were made in their filings.
“They couldn’t even get their basic facts straight,” said Athey, later adding that there were “so many inconsistencies” in their claim, the firm “finally had to admit that they got [dates and crucial details] wrong.”
Fox News said in a statement obtained by the New York Times that it had retained an outside law firm to investigate Ms. Areu’s claims and determined them to be “false, patently frivolous and utterly devoid of any merit.”
Athey, who also hosts “Unfit to Print” for The Daily Caller, told Hammer and Nigel that her interactions with Tucker Carlson were consistent with the Fox News host’s well-established reputation as a man of character.
“I know Tucker fairly well, I’ve interacted with him on numerous occasions, and I can say unequivocally that he is one of the most decent men in cable news – especially with how he treats women,” Athey said. “And he loves his family very much.”
She continued: “So when I heard about this allegation, that’s when I decided to investigate – because it sounded so out of character for the Tucker Carlson that I and so many of my colleagues at the Daily Caller knew.”
Click below to hear Hammer and Nigel’s full interview with Amber Athey.