A West Point drummer is suing “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth over a 2015 incident involving an axe.
Jeff Prosperie filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York Supreme Court alleging he was injured when Hegseth “negligently attempted to throw an axe at a ‘target’” during a 2015 episode of “Fox & Friends,” according to The Wrap.
Prosperie was performing as a West Point drummer for a Fag Day segment on the Fox News show when Hegseth threw the axe, missing the target and striking him in the arm.
The target “was negligently placed in an area which put pedestrians and other individuals, including the Plaintiff, in the path of peril,” according to the lawsuit.
The suit also claims that Hegseth was “negligent, wanton, reckless and carless [sic] in, among other things, throwing an axe in an area where he knew or should have known that pedestrians were present; in not properly securing the area, in not adequately checking to see if the area was secure; in attempting to throw an axe in public when not properly able; in attempting to throw an axe in public without proper training and in failure to properly look for pedestrians while performing a dangerous act in public.”
**Update: The following statement is from FOX News:
“The incident involving Jeff Prosperie from 2015 was unfortunate and completely unintentional. FOX News immediately apologized to Prosperie and offered medical assistance, which he declined saying he was ‘okay.’ The network also offered compensation, which he declined as well. We have not heard from Prosperie since 2015, so the lawsuit is surprising and we are reviewing it.”
CNN’s Jeanne Moos mocked the network and “Fox & Friends” in a 2015 report on the incident. Prosperie can be seen in the original segment being interviewed by Hegseth moments after he was struck by the errant axe.
Prosperie alleged he sustained “severe and serious personal injuries to his mind and body, some of which, upon information and belief, are permanent with permanent effects of pain, disability, disfigurement and loss of body function.”
His lawsuit says that he was also “caused to expend and become obligated for diverse sums of money for the purpose of obtaining medical care and/or cure in an effort to alleviate the suffering and ills sustained as a result of this accident.”
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
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