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Britt McHenry. Photo: Mary F. Calvert For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Britt McHenry, a host on the Fox Nation streaming service, filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York Tuesday against Fox News, its parent company and several of the firm's employees over sexual misconduct allegations.

Why it matters: The suit accusing co-host George "Tyrus" Murdoch of sexually harassing McHenry for months in 2018 and alleging Fox News took retaliatory action against her after she complained is the latest sexual misconduct claim involving the network in recent years. Both Fox News and Murdoch strongly deny McHenry's claims.

  • The lawsuit states that "after payouts of over $100 million in recent sexual harassment scandals, Fox News publicly says it now has 'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment." It claims this is a "dangerous lie."
"In practice, Fox News remains a sanctuary for sexual harassers, coddling and enabling the men who abuse female employees."
— Excerpt of allegations made in McHenry's lawsuit

The big picture: McHenry first came forward earlier this year to make a complaint to Fox News on the harassment allegations and claims that Murdoch displayed "volatile and unpredictable behavior" at work and sent explicit text messages.

  • "Two outside law firms were eventually brought in to investigate the allegations," the Los Angeles Times notes.

What they're saying: Murdoch’s attorney Tom Clare said in a statement to news outlets including the New York Times that Murdoch "looks forward to having a public forum in the court system to clear his name from the smear campaign that has been waged against him in the media."

  • "Tyrus will be pursuing defamation counterclaims," Clare said.
  • A Fox News spokesperson said in a statement issued to news outlets including Axios that McHenry’s lawsuit "recycles the same allegations she filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights in October, to which we filed a response on Friday."
"As we have previously stated, Ms. McHenry’s allegations have been fully investigated and we are confident our actions will be deemed entirely appropriate in litigation. We expect all of her claims to be dismissed."

Read the lawsuit:

Editor’s note: This post has been changed to correctly identify Murdoch as the person who Tom Clare said was looking forward to clearing his name (not McHenry).

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 4: Trump torches what is arguably the most consequential relationship in his Cabinet.

Attorney General Bill Barr stood behind a chair in the private dining room next to the Oval Office, looming over Donald Trump. The president sat at the head of the table. It was Dec. 1, nearly a month after the election, and Barr had some sharp advice to get off his chest. The president's theories about a stolen election, Barr told Trump, were "bullshit."

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Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters gathered outside fortified statehouses across the U.S. over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.

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China's economy grows 6.5% in Q4 as country rebounds from coronavirus

A technician installs and checks service robots to be be used for food and medicine delivery in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China, on Sunday. Photo: Hu Xuejun/VCG via Getty Images

China's economy grew at a 6.5% pace in the final quarter of 2020, the national statistics bureau announced Monday local time, topping off a year in which it grew in three of four quarters and by 2.3% in total.

Why it matters: No other major economy managed positive growth in 2020. Although the COVID-19 pandemic was first detected in China, the country got the virus under control and became one of the main positive drivers of the global economy even as the rest of the world was largely under lockdown.