Fox News Correspondent Ed Henry 'Taking Some Time Off' After Mistress Shares Details of Alleged Affair
05/04/2016 AT 10:25 PM EDT
While neither Henry, 44, nor Fox gave a timeline for the father of two's hiatus, the network did confirm Henry's absence in a statement to Politico.
"We recently became aware of Ed's personal issues and he's taking some time off to work things out," the statement read.
News of the alleged affair spread after Natalie Lima – a Las Vegas hostess – spilled details about her alleged relationship with Henry to InTouch, including text messages she said were from him.
Telling the magazine that the pair met at the Wynn hotel in Vegas – the same place that Henry met his wife of almost six years NPR Deputy Washington Editor Shirley Hung – about a year ago and Henry allegedly invited her to his room, where she said "one thing led to another."
According to what Lima said to the magazine, the pair carried on a sexual relationship for 10 months.
"Whenever he was in town, we would pretty much just have sex. He has a really high sex drive," she told InTouch. "We were friends for a few years before we did anything, and [he's] a nice guy … a kinky, nice guy."
While Lima added that their affair never involved Henry buying her anything, she did allege that he covered her rent one month when she was short on money, but clarifies that he would not use the ATM as a he didn't want to raise a "red flag" to his wife.
Sharing alleged text conversations between the two, Lima revealed intimate conversations the pair had to InTouch in which Henry writes "So beautiful. Love that pic of you!! Those eyes. Are you thinking right there abour making love? Cause I am… I will make love to you over and over so that we can wear u out and sleep," in a slew of messages to the hostess.
In another conversation, Henry allegedly wrote, "Mmmmm yes bath w you," to which Lima responded with emojis of a bathtub and kissing couple, before Henry alledly wrote back, sending three unpeeled banana emojis accompanied by three lips. When she laughed at his message, texting, "Lol," Henry responded with "yummy woman. Make me so," adding four more unpeeled banana emojis.
Henry – who worked at CNN before joining Fox in 2011 – has not responded to the allegations.