Veteran television news writer Hugh Heckman had been working for the PBS NewsHour Weekend out of WNET in New York for two years. Like many other workers in the news media, he was working on a story on the upcoming British royal wedding between Prince Henry and his then-fiancée Meghan Markle.

According to Heckman, he made an innocuous remark about the Duchess of Sussex—“not bad”—to a fellow male co-worker. The remark, he claims in a new federal lawsuit, was meant “to convey that the duchess possessed charm and beauty and was a suitable match for her fiancé, who has a reputation of possessing charm and handsome looks.”

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