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Britt McHenry's harassment lawsuit against Fox News, former co-host Tyrus voluntarily dismissed

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Britt McHenry's sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News and George "Tyrus" Murdoch has been voluntarily dismissed by the parties involved.

"I am very proud to have to stood up for my rights and hope that I have empowered other women to do the same," McHenry said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. "Although I fully stand by the truth of my allegations, I am pleased to put this matter behind me and move forward with my career."

Fox News also confirmed McHenry's departure from the cable-news network.

"While Fox News is confident it would have prevailed in the lawsuit, we are pleased that we have been able to resolve this matter without further litigation," the network said in a statement.

According to documents filed in New York district court Monday, attorneys for Fox, McHenry and Murdoch agreed to dismiss the December 2019 suit, in which McHenry levied sexual harassment allegations against her former Fox Nation co-host Murdoch, now a contributor on Fox News late-night show "Gutfeld!"

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Britt McHenry's sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News has been voluntarily dismissed.
Britt McHenry's sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News has been voluntarily dismissed.

Murdoch hosted the show "Un-PC" with McHenry from December 2018 to February 2019 on Fox Nation, the subscription-based streaming spin-off of Fox News. In addition to alleging harassment by Murdoch, McHenry claimed in her lawsuit Fox retaliated against her when she came forward with her accusations.

Murdoch's attorney Tom Clare said in a statement to USA TODAY that his client is "pleased that the parties have reached a settlement in which the claims against him will be dismissed with prejudice."

"Tyrus continues to dispute and deny the allegations made against him in the lawsuit and, consistent with that view, will not be making any financial payments," Clare added.

McHenry's lawsuit named Fox News Network, Fox Entertainment Group, News Corp., Fox Corp. and Murdoch, among others. Her allegations included gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Fox News, in a statement at the time, dismissed McHenry's lawsuit and said the company fully investigated her allegations and took appropriate action. Murdoch denied the allegations through his lawyer, who said he would pursue defamation counterclaims.

In the suit, McHenry alleged Murdoch sent her sexually explicit text messages while they worked together and that her complaints about the harassment were ignored.

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Tyrus, at left, and Britt McHenry, former co-hosts of "Un-PC," on the Fox Nation subscription streaming service.
Tyrus, at left, and Britt McHenry, former co-hosts of "Un-PC," on the Fox Nation subscription streaming service.

McHenry further alleged Fox News retaliated against her for speaking out against Murdoch by offering her fewer professional opportunities. Her lawsuit alleged the network conducted a "sham investigation" into her claims and said its counsel produced "fraudulent" photos of texts doctored by Murdoch to make it appear she was sexually explicit with him.

Two months after filing her lawsuit, McHenry revealed on Twitter she had a brain tumor. She underwent surgery to remove the tumor in March 2020.

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McHenry took to Twitter Wednesday to let her followers know that life can get better, despite its challenges.

"A bridge over troubled waters has new meaning for me these days," she wrote, along with a picture of herself at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. "Here’s to coming out strong on the other side, whether you’re a fellow cancer survivor or going through any adversity. It gets better."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fox News, Britt McHenry, Tyrus voluntarily dismiss sex misconduct suit