Surveillance Footage Shows Fox News Anchor Brawling With Cops

The Fox News anchor who was arrested last month on suspicion of drunken and disorderly conduct at a Twin Cities airport bar later scuffled with his arresting officers, according to surveillance footage released Tuesday.

Gawker obtained the footage through a public records request. It appears to show anchor Greg Jarrett insulting cops in a Minnesota jailhouse after his arrest. Slurring his words, he is heard calling one officer a “fucking stupid ass.” He then stood up and confronted a helmeted officer. The officer didn’t take kindly to the aggression, and subsequently slammed Jarrett against the wall.

“You put your hand on me again?” the officer demanded.

“Yeah,” Jarrett said.

The officer then slammed Jarrett on a bench and demanded that he “stay down.”

Watch the footage at Gawker.

Jarrett was arrested last month at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after police responded to reports of an intoxicated and belligerent man at a bar in the main terminal. He was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

It turned out that Jarrett, who requested time off from Fox News last month for “personal reasons,” was reportedly fresh out of rehab at the time of his arrest.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that police found documentation that Jarrett had just been released from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility. Police also said they found three painkiller pills in Jarret’s pocket and suspected the anchor had mixed the drug with alcohol, according to the newspaper.

Jarrett was charged with a misdemeanor of obstructing the legal process and interfering with a police officer, according to the Star Tribune.

After Jarrett’s arrest, a Fox News spokesperson said that the newsman is “dealing with serious personal issues at this time” and that his return to the network had yet to be determined. Gawker reached out to the network again after the video was released, but a Fox spokesperson declined to comment.

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