Wendy, if men can be sexually harassed too, then I was sexually harassed at FNC, and it was captured on video. [unrelated paragraph cut out from here but pasted below] To whatever extent the repeated headlines about Fox may be true, they are constant reminders of what happened to me there. I'm the long-time pastor of Denver Bible Church. I was flown in to NYC from Colorado as a conservative radio show host to appear on-air with other guests including rapper Coolio. This was quite a while ago but the sexual harassment was severe; it was laughed at by those who saw it happening, and it occurred in one of the FNC studios during taping. What happened was then actually aired nationwide, including of course here in Denver where my family, friends, and church saw my humiliation. During the scheduled one-hour panel appearance for a Sunday night program, while we were taping, I removed my microphone and walked off the set. This was about 10 minutes into the program when another guest, an actress from a popular Hollywood sitcom, got up out of her chair and walked over to me and began giving me a lap dance. I was basically trapped in my seat during a live-to-tape program with a woman sexually mocking me. She disapproved of my views and was giving me treatment so that I could overcome being a prude. Ironically, I had been invited by Fox under the pretext that they wanted to hear my concern about sexually coarse and degrading behavior. What a joke they played on me. The FNC host, Rob Nelson, of The Full Nelson [began airing on FNC around September 1999], was chuckling and obviously approved of one of his guests being sexually harassed by another, as this young woman performed her lap dance on me. The other guests and even the studio crew all seemed to express that this was just great fun. I was devastated. I didn't say a word. Instead, I just took off my microphone, stood up and left the set. My brother Brian Enyart was there watching off camera. He lived in Hawthorne, N.J. and had come to the city to watch his brother appear as a guest on a national TV program to call for more decency in our culture. On the street, we immediately asked directions for and walked directly to the nearest NYPD station. We both spoke for a few minutes to an officer who was polite and professional but who didn't want to take a complaint and said something like, "This was television right? This was at Fox?" And in a way, maybe he was right to dismiss it as just Fox being Fox. Because the network then took my humiliation and turned it into a 15-second promo that ran repeatedly over many days until that show was broadcast. Maybe it helped the ratings.
I recently contacted Fox (as though they needed me to tell them what had happened). And, like you Wendy, I said to Fox (in private communications) that I have no interest in any legal action and that I'm sure any harassment statute of limitations would have expired anyway. (This happened when NYC's "wildings" were in the news.) Perhaps you or Ms. Bloom might be able to suggest whether an affidavit from me might help assess whether there has been a systemic culture of harassment at FNC. Because the promo aired so many times, that had to occur with the editorial, management, and executive support. And as with you Wendy, for me, an apology from Fox seems to in order.