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Fox News host Sean Hannity 'pulled out gun after on-air row with guest'

The Independent logo The Independent 17/03/2017 Maya Oppenheim
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Fox News anchor Sean Hannity reportedly pulled out a gun after a row with a guest during a live TV interview.

The conservative TV personality allegedly turned on the weapon’s laser light “causing a red dot to bob around” on the body of Democrat commentator Juan Williams.

Sources told CNN the off-camera incident which took place in October “clearly disturbed” Williams and others present in the room but Hannity did appear to be simply "showing off".

Hannity’s colleagues reportedly informed Fox News executives about what had happened but it remains unclear whether anything came of it. Sources claimed the incident was passed on to Bill Shine, the network’s co-president and a longtime friend of Hannity’s.

A Fox News spokesperson said the incident was referred to the legal and human resources departments.

Williams, who is a political analyst for Fox News, played down the incident in a statement.

"This incident is being sensationalised – everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way," the Panama-born journalist said on Twitter. "It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends."

Hannity, a well-known supporter of President Donald Trump, denied claims he had pointed the gun at Williams.

“Never pointed at anybody. Let's be clear. Unloaded. Never pointed. I have been a gun safety advocate for years,” the long-time anchor wrote on Twitter late on Thursday.


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