Bystander Who Pete Hegseth Struck With Wild Axe on Live TV Sues Fox News Host


Remember when a young Pete Hegseth, just getting his Fox & Friends sea legs, hurled an axe at a target and missed, mauling a West Point drummer?

That guy is now suing the Fox News regular. Jeff Prosperie filed a lawsuit this week claiming he was injured in the June 2015 incident after Hegseth “negligently attempted to throw an axe at a ‘target'” on Fox & Friends.

Per the lawsuit, Orange County resident Prosperie was performing as a West Point drummer for a Fox & Friends segment on Flag Day when Hegseth threw an axe at a target, which he missed, striking the drummer.

As you can see above, Hegseth accidentally threw the axe over the target, and after looking horrified, went to see if the drummer was ok. Prosperie later appeared on Fox & Friends but did not appear to have serious injuries.

The target, according to Prosperie, “was negligently placed in an area which put pedestrians and other individuals, including the Plaintiff, in the path of peril.”

What’s more, the suit 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.”

Prosperie claims 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.” Prosperie’s suit 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.”

Watch the incident above, via Fox News.

UPDATE: Fox News provided the following statement to Mediaite on Prosperie’s lawsuit:

“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.”

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