Now the National Enquirer is getting in on the Ed Henry story. “‘Lap Dances & Champagne!’ Ed Henry’s Secret Strip Club Romp Exposed” is the title of one piece. “Ed Henry’s Raunchy Crotch Photo To Stripper Mistress Revealed,” reads the headline on another Enquirer piece touting “exclusive details.” Indeed: Crotch photos are rarely distributed via press release.
The Enquirer’s articles supplement the work of In Touch magazine, which last week disclosed that Henry had carried on an alleged 10-month affair with a Las Vegas hostess. The 44-year-old Henry has been married to NPR deputy Washington editor Shirley Hung since 2010. The indiscretions were both sexual and professional, as the hostess alleged that Henry had offered her a trip to a Trump resort, though he never came through on the offer.
A Fox News spokesperson issued this statement at the time: “We recently became aware of Ed’s personal issues and he’s taking some time off to work things out.”
In light of the National Enquirer’s reporting, the network is taking it up a notch: “This raises serious questions about Ed’s lack of judgement, especially given his position as a journalist,” reads a statement from Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News.
Before he took leave from Fox News, Henry was working a coveted beat: The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. “I think with Hillary Clinton widely seen as potentially the next president, why not tackle what is really an awesome challenge covering somebody who has been at the pinnacle of our politics for decades now and is trying to get that one last brass ring that she hasn’t gotten, which is the presidency?” Henry told the Las Vegas Sun in October.
The statement from Ailes suggests that Henry may not be coming off the sidelines anytime soon. Over the weekend, after all, Donald Trump ramped up criticism of Clinton for allegedly serving as an “enabler” for her husband, former president Bill Clinton, whom the presumptive Republican candidate called “the worst abuser of women in the history of politics.”