Wigdor LLP represents a woman who alleges she was subjected to sexual misconduct by Ryan Lizza, a prominent political journalist who worked as a reporter for The New Yorker and as a contributor for CNN. The New Yorker terminated Mr. Lizza’s employment, and CNN has suspended him until further notice.
On Monday, December 11, 2017, The New Yorker released the following statement: “The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct. We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”
Shortly thereafter, a spokesperson for CNN said, “We have just learned of the New Yorker’s decision. Ryan Lizza will not appear on CNN while we look into this matter.”
Mr. Lizza responded with his own statement, wherein he attempted to characterize his misconduct as a “respectful relationship.”
Wigdor LLP then released the following statement on behalf of the victim and in response to Mr. Lizza’s statement:
Wigdor LLP represents the victim of Mr. Lizza’s misconduct. Although she desires to remain confidential and requests that her privacy be respected, in no way did Mr. Lizza’s misconduct constitute a “respectful relationship” as he has now tried to characterize it. Our client reported Mr. Lizza’s actions to ensure that he would be held accountable and in the hope that by coming forward she would help other potential victims.
Earlier in 2017, Mr. Lizza made national headlines after publishing a secret, expletive-laden recording of President Trump’s former Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. Mr. Lizza’s report in The New Yorker resulted in Mr. Scaramucci’s termination shortly after he assumed his role at the White House.
The accusation follows a number of high-profile sexual harassment scandals facing prominent men in the media industry, including Bill O’Reilly, Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, and others. Wigdor LLP represents over 20 current and or/former Fox News employees in various lawsuits against the network, including claims of sexual harassment.
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