Turns out former Fox News exec Brian Lewis isn’t going quietly. Just over a month after being “terminated for cause”, the longtime close aide to Roger Ailes and FNC EVP Communications has lawyered up. And his attorney has come out swinging: “I have just been retained and am still plotting our course of action,” said Judd Burstein in a statement today. “But two things are very clear to me. First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to News Corp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date. Second, Roger Ailes and News Corp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.” Gawker first reported the hiring of the NY-based Burstein, who has represented the likes of Donald Trump and adman/TV host Donny Deutsch.
On August 21, FNC said Lewis was let go after “an extensive internal investigation” revealed “issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.” Lewis joined the news network in 1996 before it launched. The tone his lawyer took today was far different than Lewis’ more considered manner of last week, when he said, “I will say it has been an honor and privilege to work for Roger Ailes the past 20 years and I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News”. Lewis’ departure has been linked to Gabriel Sherman’s upcoming book on Ailes and FNC by various sources, including Politico and Matt Drudge.