ICM Partners has hired Latham & Watkins litigator Marvin Putnam to investigate claims that its agents discouraged clients from reporting incidents of sexual harassment at Fox News.
The client is ex-contributor Tamara Holder, who settled a sexual assault claim with the network in March. Holder says she told her agents that a male executive tried to force her to perform oral sex on him, and they discouraged her from reporting it to Fox, according to a Tuesday Huffington Post column.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed through a source at ICM that Putnam will look into Holder's allegations.
Holder is one of what seems like an ever-increasing number of women to report sexual assault or harassment at the hands of men employed by Fox News. The network hired Paul Weiss last summer to conduct its own internal investigation, but this marks the first outside company to launch a probe into how its employees may have contributed to what has been repeatedly painted as an company-wide epidemic.
Holder told HuffPost that she told her agents about the incident, and was told it wouldn't be good for her career. "I believed that my agents' job was not only to help me find work but also to protect me," she told the site. "Instead, they told me my career was going to be over if I disclosed my abuse to my employer, slammed the door in my face when I went against their advice to remain silent, and intentionally refused to assist my lawyers."