Fox News this week said its senior White House correspondent Ed Henry has been taken off the air for the foreseeable future, after a report in In Touch Weekly alleging that the married journalist conducted a “secret affair” with a Las Vegas hostess.
The In Touch report was published online Wednesday morning. It alleges that Henry, who married his wife, NPR’s deputy Washington editor Shirley Hung, in a 2010 Las Vegas ceremony, began a 10-month affair with a Las Vegas hostess named Natalia Lima last spring.
In Touch’s investigation goes in-depth inside Ed’s secret double life, including images of the steamy text message exchanges with Natalia, photos of their secret rendezvous and all the details inside their secret affair.
“Whenever he was in town, we would pretty much just have sex. He has a really high sex drive,” Natalia reveals in an exclusive interview, explaining that she met the 44-year-old broadcaster, who’s been crisscrossing the country covering the U.S. presidential campaign, five years ago through social media and they turned their friendship into a sexual relationship in the spring of 2015.
Henry, who was also a White House correspondent for CNN and served as president of the White House Correspondents Association in 2012, started working for Fox News in 2011. The network implies his abrupt departure is tied to the In Touch report, though it’s unclear Henry had any say in the decision.
“We recently became aware of Ed’s personal issues and he’s taking some time off to work things out,” a Fox News spokesperson told POLITICO in a statement. Fox’s PR head, Irena Briganti, did not respond to requests for comment.